Rabada: If we play well, we can win this thing


In the bowlers' ranking, it was also another South African who topped the chart as only 23 points separate the top three bowlers - Rabada (724 points), Imran Tahir (722) and Mitchell Starc (701). He achieved this milestone in the third ODI against England at Lord's.

Rabada became the youngest bowler to occupy the top spot since Pakistan's Saqlain Mushtaq in 1998.

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

South Africa's AB de Villiers with 874 points, Australia's David Warner with 871 and Kohli with 852 points are at the first, second and third spot respectively.

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.

The Proteas' performance in the ICC Champions Trophy will be vital, as they could be overtaken by either Australia or India if they lose all three of their league matches.

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SA now turn their attention to the Champions Trophy‚ in which they play their first match against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday.

South Africa and India then both come in at 4/1 followed by New Zealand at 9/1, Pakistan at 18/1, Sri Lanka at 25/1 and Bangladesh at 40/1.

There was brief respite for the bowlers as Roland-Jones (1-34) and Jake Ball (2-43) removed Amla (55), De Kock (34) and Faf du Plessis (5) but South Africa cruised to victory with more than 20 overs remaining. Joe Root (ENG) - 772 6.

Explosive duo Alex Hales (1) and Jos Buttler (4) were dismissed in the fifth over by Rabada, the seamer also taking Adil Rashid's (0) wicket to complete a sensational set of six.

They put down six catches on Saturday‚ but their only blemish on Monday was the hard chance De Kock spilled off Keshav Maharaj for Jake Ball's wicket.