Proteas bowler Vernon Philander and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock have moved up in the latest Test player rankings following South Africa’s win over England in Centurion.
De Kock leapt back into the top 10 among batsmen while Philander, who will retire at the end of the series, jumped up to fifth place among the bowlers, coupled with occupying fourth place in the all-rounder rankings. In spite of taking seven wickets in the first outing, Kagiso Rabada dropped one position to third among bowlers. For the calendar year, he finished joint sixth on the wicket-taking charts with 33 wickets at an average of 27,39.
In another jump, Anrich Nortje jumped 36 places into the top 100 and is now ranked 96th in the world among bowlers. But notably, de Kock finished the calendar year ninth on the runs scoring charts with 713 runs, which includes two centuries, at an average of 47.53 from eight matches.
It feels great to be one-nil up in the series and to have started the journey to getting back to our winning ways,” commented De Kock, who completed a record equaling six catches in England’s first innings, in Centurion, and was the leading run-scorer en route to being voted the Man of the Match .
“There’s still a long road ahead – the series is not won yet, but I’m glad to have contributed to the team in a meaningful way. It was a really good way to end the year.” De Kock added, “I’m not bothered about accolades and rankings, but I’m happy that the team is in a good space and I’m looking forward to a good New Year’s Test in Cape Town”.
Philander goes into the final three matches of his Test career with 1 700 runs and 220 wickets at the highest level, with a chance of achieving the allrounder’s double of 2 000 runs and 200 wickets in the format. Shaun Pollock and Jacques Kallis are the only two South Africans to have achieved this feat.