It began when South Africa toured England for a 3 match test series which was won in convincing fashion by the tourists 2-0. The series victory was enough to propel them from 3rd to number 1 in the Test World Rankings, and would mean that if they beat England in just one of the 5 one day internationals, they would be crowned the best team in every format of world cricket (the came to England already ranked the number 1 team in T20 internationals).
The ODI series arrived in a flash, and everyone was geared up and ready for the first game, but sadly the rain had other ideas as it spoilt the party causing the first ODI to be called and condemned to being a no result.
So South Africa would now have four chances not five to claim top spot in the ODI rankings, they would however only need the one. The 2nd ODI at Southampton was welcomed with blue sky and a sunny day, and it was this match that saw SA defeat England yet again on this tour and claim there third number 1 ranking, taking the position yet again from England.
What has already been a great tour for South Africa continues to get even better, and when it comes to cricket, you can where your South African top with a lot of pride, knowing that the top you’re wearing is the top of the greatest team in the world.