South Africa have leapfrogged New Zealand and England to take the second spot in the ICC Test Team Rankings after clean sweeping the three-Test series against Pakistan on Monday in Johannesburg. At the Wanderers, the Proteas trounced Pakistan by 107 runs.
Chasing a daunting 381 for a consolation win, Pakistan were bowled out for 273 in the first session on day four. Asad Shafiq top-scored with 65 but sadly for the visitors, he was also the only batsman to cross the 50-run mark. Not enough when a team is chasing a huge target. For the Proteas, the fast bowlers once again proved their worth by claiming all the nine wickets that fell to bowlers. While Duanne Olivier and Kagiso Rabada claimed three wickets apiece, Dale Steyn got a couple and Vernon Philander had one wicket.
The whitewash helped South Africa (110) earn four points and are now two points ahead of No. 3 England in the list led by India (116), who recently defeated Australia 2-1.
Pakistan, who commenced the series with 92 points, lost four points and have now slipped below Sri Lanka (91) in the chart. They, however, are still way ahead of Windies (70), Bangladesh (69) and Zimbabwe (13).
Meanwhile, England (108) will have to beat Windies in the forthcoming three-match Test series to stay ahead of New Zealand (107).