South Africa’s cricketers are increasingly comfortable as they look down on the rest of the cricketing 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 and it extended their unbeaten run to 13 matches, going back more than a year.
Not only are South Africa 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 number nine. In addition, Kallis is the leading all-rounder.
Credit to coach and captain
Much of the credit for the team culture is due to captain Graeme Smith and coach Gary Kirsten, whose understated methods, based on humility and giving players responsibility, are proving to be successful.AFP