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Double No 1 Amla remains modest

Proteas

Johannesburg – Hashim Amla occupies the top spot in both the Test and one-day rankings but would not call himself the best batsman even in the South African dressing room.

Amla's 74 not out in the second innings of South Africa's 211-run win over Pakistan on Monday elevated him above Australian Michael Clarke to the top of the Test batting rankings.

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JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - FEBRUARY 02, Hashim Amla of South Africa whips a delivery to square-leg during day 2 of the 1st Test match between South Africa and Pakistan at Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on February 02, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa Photo by Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

It also made him the first man since former Australia captain Ricky Ponting in December 2007 to top both the Test and one-day batting tables.

The 29-year-old, however, remained characteristically modest.

“It's been a great year for our squad, and to be honest I still don't think that I am the best batsman in our team,” he said.

“What has been most pleasing though for us has been the all-round contribution from everyone in the squad, that has been the main reason for our success over the last few years.”

South Africa have two more batsmen in the top 10 – AB de Villiers in fourth and Jacques Kallis, who tops the all-rounders' list, seventh.

Their dominance in Tests was reflected in the bowling chart as well with Dale Steyn extending his lead at the top following his 11-60 at the Wanderers, with Vernon Philander still second and Morne Morkel in ninth. – Reuters

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