Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: Cricket - Fans Deserve Better Than Insular Rankings

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South Africa's drop from the Test rankings came as a surprise to many, from fans to coaches. You'd be hard-pressed to argue that there's a better team in Test cricket than Australia at the moment, but their climb to the summit and their potential dip back down is completely devoid of context. Fans of the game deserve much better than this.

If you, like many other cricket fans, were left confused last week with South Africa's sudden plummet from the Test rankings summit, you were not alone. After being reaffirmed as the number one Test team in April, banking a tidy cheque in the process, that avenue of pleasure was closed on Thursday.

Even South Africa's coach, Russell Domingo, was taken somewhat by surprise. In an interview with Cricinfo, he said: "I am a little bit surprised, because I thought there was quite a substantial gap between the number one- and number two-ranked side, but that's the way it is. We just have to get on with it and play cricket again."

Domingo is quite right. Despite the 2-1 series loss to Australia earlier this year, South Africa was still 12 points clear at the top of...

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