South Africa has become the No. 1 ODI side in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings following the 5-0 series sweep of Sri Lanka.
A thumping 88 run victory in the final ODI match against Sri Lanka – thanks to the centuries from Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock – sees South Africa dethrone Australia as the number one ODI side, whom they had also trashed 5-0 at home last year.
It was South Africa’s eleventh win on the trot, enough to return them back to the number 1 position in two years.
“We are excited to be back at the top of the ICC ODI Team Rankings,” de Villiers said.
“We have had some trials since the World Cup two years ago but have worked hard to rebuild and to gain some form and consistency in this format.
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“It’s an important year for us with the ICC Champions Trophy in June and regaining the No.1 position is a step in the right direction for our preparation ahead of the event.
“It’s a tight contest at the top so it’ll be important for us to continue putting in the performances so that we can hold onto the position.”
The Proteus are set to begin a five-match series against New Zealand later this month — who are currently ranked third in the ICC ODI rankings — and will have to beat New Zealand if they are to retain the number one rank.
The team at the top of the table on April 1 will receive a hefty check from the ICC, as will the number 1 Test team, which will be India unless Australia pull off a miracle in India.
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