The Proteas became the first team in history to top the standings in all three international formats after their 80-run win over England on Tuesday, while Hashim Amla continued to torment the English to become the fastest player to 3000 ODI runs.
We rate the Proteas after their big victory and predictably Amla leads the way.
Graeme Smith: The big opener got off to a slow start, but then got stuck into the English bowlers for a well-played half-century. Would have been disappointed getting out, but along with Amla built a solid foundation for the rest of the team to build on. 7/10
Hashim Amla: The English must be sick of seeing Amla at the crease! He has carried his prolific form from the Test arena into the ODIs and was the main difference between the two teams. His sublime knock of 150 made him the fastest man to 3000 ODI runs – beating the next fastest Sir Viv Richards by 12 innings – and is testament to his consistency and skill. 10/10
JP Duminy: Looked in good touch before he sacrificed his wicket for Amla, who called for a run that was never there. His contribution with the ball was also handy. 6/10
Dean Elgar: Surprisingly came in ahead of AB de Villiers and battled to keep the scoreboard ticking over before being beaten by Swann. He proved better with the ball, taking a wicket in his first over and keeping the runs down. Elgar also pulled off a stunner of a catch to get rid of Trott. 6/10
AB de Villiers: The Proteas skipper started like a house on fire and while his knock was brief, it was rapid, although the manner of his dismissal was poor on his part. His captaincy, however, was quite superb and he managed his bowlers brilliantly, mixing it up and never allowing England to settle. 7/10
Faf du Plessis: The middle order batsman didn’t have much time at the crease, but he showed he is in good touch and kept the momentum going after the departure of De Villiers. 6/10
Wayne Parnell: Struggled initially when Bell was on the attack, but came back superbly. Possesses a fantastic yorker and it’s easy to see why he is rated as such a good bowler at the death. 7/10
Ryan McLaren: He didn’t get off to the best of starts, but came back nicely to pull things back with some tight bowling. 5/10
Robin Peterson: Continues to impress and while Patel ruined his figures with a vicious assault in his last over, the damage had already been done. The wicket of Bell was key, with the diminutive Englishman looking the only player capable of upsetting SA on the day. 7/10
Morne Morkel: The lanky fast bowler was used sparingly and was a little more expensive than he would have liked, but he kept England on the back foot with the wicket of Trott and then knocked over Patel when the latter was going on the rampage. 6/10
Lonwabo Tsotosbe: ‘Lopsy’ started brilliantly, with a full delivery uprooting Cook’s off-stump, but he tended to pitch it a little short and paid the price, with Bell in particular dishing out some punishment. 6/10