Steve Smith has replaced Virat Kohli at No 2 in the Test batting rankings, while elsewhere South Africans don’t feature prominently.
The top batting spot is retained by Kane Williamson, who has excelled since Test cricket resumed following months of inactivity due to the coronavirus. He hit 919 rating points, the highest for a New Zealander in history.
Meanwhile a century and 81 in Sydney forced Smith ahead of Kohli, who only played the first Test of the series due to the impending birth of his first child.
Marnus Labuschagne stays at fourth on 866 ranking points, while Cheteshwa Pujara jumps from 10th to eighth thanks to two half-centuries.
The highest-placed South African is Dead Elgar at No 13. He and Quinton de Kock, who is at 14, are the only Proteas in the top 20.
Among the bowlers, Kagiso Rabada, once the world’s top-ranked Test bowler, is languishing at No 6. Pat Cummins tops the rankings on 908 ratings points. Josh Hazelwood moves into fifth place thanks to strong performances in the series against India.
Keshav Maharaj is the second-highest ranked South African Test bowler at No 29, while Anrich Nortje, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi and Lutho Sipamla are ranked at Nos 38, 45, 47 and 49, respectively.
Ben Stokes retains his place at the summit of the all-rounder rankings, while New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson is the biggest mover, jumping from ninth to fifth off the back of his showings against Pakistan. South Africa have no representatives in the top 20.
Last week it was announced that South Africa had climbed a few spots to fifth in the Test team rankings, following their sweep of Sri Lanka. New Zealand went to No 1 in the world, thanks to the recently concluded series victory over Pakistan.