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Cricket

South Africans enjoy their rule at the top
PTI
Johannesburg, February 06, 2013
First Published: 00:24 IST(6/2/2013)
Last Updated: 00:25 IST(6/2/2013)

South Africa's cricketers are increasingly comfortable as they look down on the rest of the world from their No. 1 spot in the Test rankings.

A 211-run win in the first Test against Pakistan was their fourth win in a row - all achieved within four days - and it extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches, going back more than a year. Not only are Proteas on top of the Test team rankings, they dominate the individual categories too.

Hashim Amla tops the batting list, with AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis also in the top ten, while Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander are the two top-ranked bowlers, with Morne Morkel at nine. Kallis is also the leading all-rounder.

"There has been all-round contribution from everyone in the squad," said Amla.  "We're really pushing on for something. We've managed to bowl teams out for under 50 and with the bat we have managed to have some big sessions where we have piled on the runs," said Steyn.


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