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Rabada surges to top spot ahead of Champions Trophy

May 20 2018, 05:45 | Van Peters

The top-two one-day bowlers aside, South Africa go into the Champions Trophy with four of the top-ten batsmen in the format as well, as per the latest update to the ICC rankings.

Amla became Roland-Jones' first worldwide scalp in the 16th over but any thought of a Proteas slump was quickly ended by JP Duminy and AB de Villiers - the pair seeing South Africa home with plenty of time to spare.

The intense competition in the individual rankings justifies the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy's significance as players from the eight participating teams feature prominently in it and not much separates the top players in the fray.

File photo of Virat Kohli.

South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada believes the Proteas can win the Champions Trophy, which starts in the United Kingdom on Thursday, because of the talent they possess in their squad.

In the bowler's ranking, none of the India bowler could make to the top-10 however, left-arm spinner Axar Patel has grabbed the 11th position along with New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry.

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The fast bowler, jumped up four places to replace fellow compatriot Imran Tahir from the top slot.

India, South Africa and England have four batsmen each inside the top-20, followed by three batsmen from New Zealand and two each from Australia and Pakistan.

In the all-rounders list, Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan has sealed the top spot.

Australia and India have a great chance of overtaking South Africa in the rankings if they manage to win all their league matches with South Africa losing all three of them.

The tournament, which runs from 1-18 June, also gives an opportunity to teams like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan to consolidate their positions in the ICC ODI Team Rankings as England and the seven other top-ranked sides gain direct qualification berths to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

England captain Eoin Morgan has upped five places to reach 17th whilst South Africa's Quinton de Kock moved up to fourth.

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