Dale Steyn on top of the world

South African strike bowler Dale Steyn has retained his ranking as the best bowler in the world after winning the man of the match award for his performance in the 5 day cricket test in Port Elizabeth.

Dale Steyn is the best bowler in the world. Photo: www.cricket.co.za

Proteas batsman Hashim Amla has moved within striking distance of claiming the number-one ranking on the Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings for batsmen for the first time in his career.

Amla has moved up a place to second in the latest rankings that were released on Tuesday, a day after South Africa’s innings and 193 runs win over New Zealand at Port Elizabeth in the second and final Test.

This victory gave South Africa a 2-0 series win over New Zealand. Amla stroked 110 in the Port Elizabeth Test and earned eight rating points which, in turn, has helped him achieve a career-best 886 ratings points.

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The two other centurions of the Port Elizabeth Test, Faf du Plessis and Dean Elgar, have also moved up in the latest batting rankings. Du Plessis is now 38th (up by five) and Dean Elgar is now at 96th (up by 49).

The bowlers’ table is still headed by Dale Steyn, who has further consolidated his lead at the top after spells of five for 17 and three for 48 that also fetched him the Player of the Match award in the second Test.

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