Loss hurts SA in world rankings

ENGLAND'S 2-1 series win over South Africa has helped them go ahead of Pakistan in fifth position.

ENGLAND'S 2-1 series win over South Africa has helped them go ahead of Pakistan in fifth position.

On the other hand, South Africa has slid to third behind India.

World champion Australia continues to enjoy a comfortable eight-point advantage over second-placed India but only 13 points separate South Africa and seventh-placed Sri Lanka.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, South Africa's AB de Villiers and Paul Collingwood of England have achieved career-best rankings to date.

De Villiers, who scored 145 runs in the three ODIs, has climbed two places to third position while Collingwood, who won the player of the series award for his 193 runs, has rocketed six places to 12th position in the latest rankings which were released on Friday.

However, the news is not so good for South Africa captain Graeme Smith and former England captain Kevin Pietersen. Smith, after scoring just 68 runs in the series, has dropped five places to eighth spot while Pietersen has fallen four places and out of the top 20 in 21st position after scoring just 52 runs.

The batting list is still headed by India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni while Mike Hussey of Australia is in second position.

In the Reliance Mobile ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, England fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson have stormed up the order.

Broad, who took six wickets in two matches, has leaped eight places to seventh position while Anderson, who was the most successful bowler of the series with eight wickets, has rocketed 13 places to share ninth spot with Dale Steyn of South Africa who has slipped two places.

But South Africa off-spinner Johan Botha returned to the top 10 in 10th position. - Sapa

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