The present is in pretty good hands

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

GRAEME SMITH and Jac­ques Kal­lis have both soared up the ICC Test player rank­ings for bats­men fol­low­ing their bril­liant cen­turies against Eng­land in the third Test at New­lands.

Smith has jumped seven places to No 4 while Kal­lis has gained three to No 6.

Smith is now only three points shy of his high­est ever rank­ing which he achieved dur­ing the se­ries-winning Mel­bourne Test in 2008.

AB de Vil­liers has gained one spot to No 14 and is the other South African bats­man in the top 20.

Dale Steyn re­mains the No 1 ranked bowler while his new ball col­league, Morne Morkel, en­ters the top 20 for the first time. He has gained eight places to No 16.

Makhaya Ntini (8th) and Paul Har­ris (13th) are the other two Proteas in the top 20.

Kal­lis re­mains the world’s No 1 all-rounder. It is a po­si­tion he has held un­chal­lenged for a long time. – Sapa

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