• Steyn and De Villiers top in Tests

    In the latest player rankings, AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn are still ranked No 1 in the batting and bowling charts respectively.

    The rankings, which were made available this week, confirm that the two remain at the top of their game.

    Steyn, who has been ranked No 1, or near No 1, in Tests since February 2008, reaffirmed his status as the greatest fast bowler of his generation, staying at the top yet again, with 898 rating points. He lies 28 points above Australian Ryan Harris, who was elevated to the position on the back of his performances in the three-Test series against South Africa.

    Next best for the Proteas is Vernon Philander, who lies in third, just five points behind Harris, on 865. Lanky speedster Morne Morkel, who was ranked as high as No 3 in 2011, has slipped again, falling to 16th in the world. The two other bowlers from South Africa in the top 50 are Kyle Abbott, lying 38th, and Imran Tahir, who is No 47.

    On the batting side of things, De Villiers currently lies on 922 rating points, ahead of West Indies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who is on 881. Just behind him is Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara, who has 879 points. He will get a chance to improve that during the current Test series against England at Lord’s, while Chanderpaul will hope to close the gap on De Villiers during the series against New Zealand.

    The only other South African batsman in the top 20 is new Test skipper Hashim Amla, who lies fourth on 873 points. Next best for the Proteas is Faf du Plessis, who is 22nd in the world, on 636 points. Alviro Petersen and JP Duminy are the other two Proteas batsmen in the top 50, sitting at 37th and 43rd respectively.

    In the ODI rankings, Steyn and De Villiers are tops for the Proteas again, with each sitting at No 2 in the world. De Villiers lies behind India’s Virat Kohli, while Steyn is just behind Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal.

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