Cape Town - The Proteas have secured their first points since the start of the World Test Championship following their comprehensive victory over England in the first Test in Centurion.
Proteas head coach Mark Boucher had the perfect start to his tenure in charge of the national team thanks to a 107-run victory that saw South Africa go 1-0 up in the four-Test match series.
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The Proteas gained 30 points following their win and moved to seventh position in the World Test Championship rankings.
South Africa have an opportunity to gain 30 more points in the upcoming second Test starting at Newlands on January 3 at 10:30.
The Proteas have played 8 Tests in 2019, winning three and losing five.
Each series of the World Test Championship is worth 120 points, distributed evenly over the number of matches in a given series.
The points range from 60 points for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series.
The top two teams at the end of the World Test Championship league will play the final in England in June 2021 with the winners crowned the World Test champions.
Latest ICC World Test Championship standings:
1. India (Played 7, Won 7) - 360 points
2. Australia (Played 9, Won 6, Drawn 1, Lost 2) - 256
3. Pakistan (Played 4, Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 2) - 80
4. Sri Lanka (Played 4, Won 1, Drawn 1, Lost 2) - 80
5. New Zealand (Played 4, Won 1, Lost 3) - 60
6. England (Played 6, Won 2, Drawn 1, Lost 3) - 56
7. South Africa (Played 4, Won 1, Lost 3) - 30
8. West Indies (Played 2, Lost 2) - 0
9. Bangladesh (Played 2, Lost 2) - 0
- Compiled by Lynn Butler