South Africa opener, Aiden Markram, vaulted into top 20 in ICC’s latest Test rankings.
His innings of 32 and 143 during the first Test against Australia in Durban helped him climb 28 places, to settle for 19th place on the points table.
The 23-year old player played a gritty knock of 143 in the second innings.
He shared 146 runs with Quinton de Kock for the sixth wicket in a chase to a high total, but the duo could not finish off work.
In the end, South Africa lost the first Test by a margin of 118 runs.
In other changes, Mitchell Starc has also improved his record. He had scalped nine wickets in the first Test and also got awarded Man of the Match.
He swung the match in Australia’s favour and never allowed South African batsmen to settle down. Marsh brothers have also seen a significant rise in their rankings.
Shaun Marsh has climbed to 16th position in the batsmen rankings with Mitchel Marsh has seen a rise of 13 places to sit at 43rd rank on the table.
Both the brothers made their Test comeback during Ashes 2017/18 – at different points – and have done well since then.
In other changes, AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock have gained one and three points from the first Test, respectively.
Tim Paine and Cameron Bancroft have also seen an addition of six and 22 points, respectively. Keshav Maharaj, who scalped nine wickets in the first Test, climbed one place to 18th rank.
The second Test of the series between South Africa and Australia will start on March 9 to be played in Port Elizabeth. Australia are leading the four-match Tests series by 1-0.
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