The Proteas are the top ranked One Day International team in the world for the fifth time since the rankings were introduced in 2002. South Africa last held the number 1 ranking in November 2014 before we were beaten 4-1 by Australia. But since August 2015 South Africa have gone about rebuilding the squad and have gone on an incredible run that has seen them win 6 out of 7 series. The whitewash of Sri Lanka was the 6th time South Africa have completed such a series victory in series of more than three games and the second back to back.
In this series South Africa were guided by the exceptional batting as the home side notched up five centuries in the five games including the second highest ever score by a South African when Faf du Plessis plundered 185 in Cape Town. David Miller also got a ton in his only knock of the series while Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock saved their best for the final game in Pretoria.
Wayne Parnell surprised many by being the highest wicket taker in the series with 11 at an average of 17.36 and the incredible dependable Tahir took 10 and Morris, who is fast becoming South Africa’s premium all rounder picked up 8 in four games.
All in all South Africa head to New Zealand with a chance to cement their status as the best ODI nation in the world and we couldnt ask for a better challenge than the Kiwi’s who are in an incredible run vein of form themselves. The Proteas are one win away from equalling our best winning streak in the history of ODI Cricket and that in itself should give AB de Villiers and the boys more than enough encouragement!
Bring it on!