Updated: 29/08/2012 14:06 | By pa.press.net

Proteas beat England to top rankings



South Africa celebrate taking the wicket of Jonathan Trott

South Africa celebrate taking the wicket of Jonathan Trott

South Africa became the first side to top the ICC rankings in all three formats after Hashim Amla's stellar 150 propelled them to an 80-run win over England in the second one-day international at the Ageas Bowl.

On a day when the exiled Kevin Pietersen made 163 for Surrey, England were all out for 207, surrendering top spot in the ODI table just as they gave up their place at the Test summit earlier this month.

Amla began that Test series with an unbeaten triple century and he was on match-winning form again in Southampton, hitting 16 fours in a 124-ball knock that saw his side to a winning score of 287 for five.

The 29-year-old did need some luck, dropped by Craig Kieswetter on 42 and 92, but his 10th one-day hundred made him the fastest man to pass 3,000 runs in the format and it was an innings worthy of the status. England, though, will be sorely disappointed with their reply - with scores of 45 from Samit Patel and Ian Bell the best they managed.

Graeme Smith hit 52 for the tourists with Graeme Swann the pick of the England bowlers with two for 50.

Having watched Amla's masterclass, England made a terrible start to their reply, Alastair Cook losing his off stump to Lonwabo Tsotsobe off the second ball of the innings. Jonathan Trott contented himself with a supporting role and when Bell pulled his fourth boundary off Morne Morkel the pair had steered England to a promising 54 for one after 10 overs.

It took something special to hand Morkel South Africa's second wicket, debutant David Elgar clinging on to a stunning over-the-shoulder catch at fine-leg to see off Trott for 23.

The dismissal did not disrupt Bell's steady scoring and he was going nicely on 45 when Robin Peterson got one to straighten past the bat and into off stump. Peterson struck again in his next over, Ravi Bopara (16) planting a nothing ball straight to short cover to leave England rocking at 90 for four.

Kieswetter offered some relief by hoisting JP Duminy for the first six of the day in the 21st over but he did not last long. Elgar struck with his third ball in international cricket, Smith holding on at slip via a heavy deflection off De Villiers' gloves.

Eoin Morgan and Patel arrested the slide with a studious sixth-wicket stand of 41 before the Irishman fell to Duminy for 27. Wayne Parnell removed Tim Bresnan and Swann for ducks in the space of three balls and while Patel excited the fans with three fours and two sixes at the end, it was not enough to take England close.

21Comments
28/08/2012 21:18
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Get a ruddy grip of yourselves England cricketers, man-up and start playing the game as it should be played. You've just been shown how.

Play up! play up! And play the game.

29/08/2012 02:28
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The demotion of England's cricket top spot in the world rankings was no surprise to me. Their overall performance was sadly very poor. Too many players did not produce any kind of consistency, and quite frankly they didn't deserve to be number one. A big shake is required here and quick, if they're to be a leading force again.    

28/08/2012 21:23
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Well done South Africa, you are showing the fact that the boys will be back. Been living in England for the last 12 years but never given up on you.
28/08/2012 21:22
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how is it some of them had a go and the others did not seem bothered.
28/08/2012 21:09
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finn to open with anderson? we stand as good a chance, pick the one day players for the one day game 
29/08/2012 07:41
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pieterson is not english and should not be picked, we were rubbish, well we wer,nt rubbish that is just the standered we are at. LMAO
29/08/2012 09:25
29/08/2012 08:55
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Strauss should go Pietersen should not be allowed to play for England again and Kieswetter should be given as many chance as Prior was given and as we have another top class wicket keeper in Bairstow perhaps Prior should go as well as it is time to build a young team for the future.
29/08/2012 09:31
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Choose English players only then  we will see how good we are!
29/08/2012 08:55
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lol kiesweter (spelling),Bopara,pietersen, Morgan all not English players. England wouldn't be number one if they had strictly English players pklaying for England. I wish they did,but we don't. So it don't count.
29/08/2012 09:27
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team england failed at olympics  now failure at cricket   lmao   
29/08/2012 09:22
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oh your blaming all non english players for getting drubbing    typical english pigs always grunting and moaning  like  pigs  because you cant field team of english     twits  to play   ladies game of cricket  lmao  
29/08/2012 08:12
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Time for the Capt to move aside now.. its all the same talk we have heard before need some fresh blood in the team...
29/08/2012 10:43
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'Pick only English players'..........yes, then Wales can have their own team! I can't see us doing much worse than 'england'!

29/08/2012 10:41
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They were flattering themselves thinking they were the best team in the world in the first place just because they got number 1 spot on the back of hammering a poor aussi team, but they're not that bad either, I can remember when it was Boycott, Gooch then the tail and half the bowlers were donkeys getting carted into the stands by anybody that could swing a bat.A few readjustments and they can come back, sack Strauss? only if he'd be better off concentrating on his batting.   
29/08/2012 09:35
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typical suits reaction,lets shoot the messenger for he says some uncomfortable but truthfull statements,regardless of the fact that now every two bit outfit will proceed to hammer us on the playing fields of our fair realm.Grow up!!!!!!
28/08/2012 22:51
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Bring back Kevin Pietersen, drop Kieswetter put in  Matt Priar,

 

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