South Africa dethrone England at the top of ICC ODI rankings

South Africa crushed England by 80 runs to win the second ODI to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 29, 2012

South Africa, after crushing England by 80 runs in the second ODI, became the first side to go top of the ICC rankings in all three formats on Tuesday.

Earlier the Proteas toppled England as the No.1 team in the Test rankings after they won 2-0 in the recently concluded Test series.

Hashim Amla scored 150 to become the fastest player to 3,000 ODI runs as he reached the landmark in just his 57th innings compared to the 69 it took West Indies great Vivian Richards.

It was also the highest individual score in ODI matches between South Africa and England, and the cornerstone of the Proteas’ 287 for five, made after captain AB de Villiers won the toss.

England in reply were dismissed for 207, with more than nine overs left.

Amla’s tenth hundred at this level surpassed teammate Graeme Smith’s 141 in Centurion three years ago as the largest solo effort in South Africa-England ODIs and was also Amla’s personal best, overtaking the 140 he made against Bangladesh in Benoni in 2008.

Victory saw South Africa take a 1-0 lead in this five-match series following Friday’s washout in Cardiff and ended England’s run of 10 straight wins in completed ODIs.