Proteas spearhead Kagiso Rabada has reclaimed the No 1 spot in the ICC Test bowlers’ rankings on Wednesday.
Rabada, 23, overtook England’s James Anderson, after the veteran fast bowler missed the final Test against Sri Lanka in Colombo this week.
Anderson had only picked up a single wicket in the previous two Test matches.
Rabada’s new-ball partner Vernon Philander sits just below in the No 4 position on the latest ranking table, with Pakistan sensation Mohammed Abbas sandwiched between Anderson and Philander at No 3.
India’s captain Virat Kohli remains the premier Test batsman in the No 1 ranking place, with Australia’s disgraced skipper Steve Smith still holding on to second spot despite not playing since the third Test against the Proteas at Newlands in March.
Fellow Australian David Warner, who is also still serving a ban for his role in the ball-tampering affair, holds on to his position at No 5.
South Africa’s highest-ranked batsman is opener Dean Elgar at No 8, and he is followed by his opening partner Aiden Markram at No 9.
Hashim Amla has dropped down to No 14.