Mon, 18 Jan 2021

  • Proteas batsman Rassie van der Dussen has moved to a career-best fifth position on the ICC T20 rankings.
  • Van der Dussen scored an unbeaten 74 as the Proteas were thrashed by England in the three-match T20 series.
  • The Proteas now shift their focus to the three-match ODI series against the world champions, starting on Friday.

Proteas batsman Rassie van der Dussen broke into the Top 10 T20 batting rankings following South Africa's recent series against England.

The Proteas were outplayed 3-0 in the T20 series, which concluded with a nine-wicket thrashing at Newlands on Tuesday.

Van der Dussen scored a career-best 74 off 32 balls (5 fours, 5 sixes) to finish with 136 runs in the series.

The 30-year-old's good form lifted him 17 places to a career-best fifth position on the ICC T20 rankings for batsmen.

"In this series‚ we were decent with the bat and with the ball‚ at times we were good ... [but] we've missed our all-rounder," said Van der Dussen at Newlands on Tuesday.

"The results aren't going our way but we have a clear idea of where we are going and where we are. We know how we need to work to get to where we want to be and that's our utopia."

Star Proteas batsman Faf du Plessis' return to form has pushed him into the Top 20 after notching scores of 58, 11 and 52*.

Meanwhile, England batsman Dawid Malan attained the highest-ever rating points for a batsmen after his brilliant match-winning 99 not out in the final T20.

Malan sits on top of top of the batting standings as he reached 915 points and now enjoys a 44-point lead over Pakistan's Babar Azam.

Proteas spinner Tabraiz Shamsi remains fifth on the Top 10 bowler rankings, while fast bowler Lungi Ngidi made an entry into the Top 50 bowlers for the first time after taking four wickets in the series.

The Proteas now take on the world champions England in a three-match ODI series with the opener at Newlands on Friday (13:00).

Top 10 T20 batsmen:

1. Dawid Malan (ENG) - 915

2. Babar Azam (PAK) - 871

3. Aaron Finch (AUS) - 835

4. KL Rahul (IND) - 824

5. Rassie van der Dussen (RSA) - 744

6. Colin Munro - (NZ) - 739

7. Glenn Maxwell (AUS) - 696

8. Hazratullah Zazai - (AFG) - 676

9. Virat Kohli (IND) - 673

10. Eoin Morgan (ENG) - 662

Top 10 T20 bowlers:

1. Rashid Khan (AFG) - 736

2. Mujeeb Ur Rahman (AFG) - 730

3. Ashton Agar (AUS) - 706

4. Adil Rashid (ENG) - 700

5. Tabraiz Shamsi (RSA) - 680

6. Adam Zampa (AUS) - 679

7. Mitchell Santner (NZ) - 643

8. Kane Richardson (AUS) - 641

9. Imad Wasim (PAK) - 637

10. Sheldon Cottrell (WI) - 634

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

Source: News24

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