Cricket: South Africa top ODI rankings after NZ series victory

South Africa’s Quinton de Kock (left) and AB de Villiers (right) looks for a run during the one day international cricket match between New Zealand and South Africa played at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Oct 27, 2014. South Africa have move
South Africa’s Quinton de Kock (left) and AB de Villiers (right) looks for a run during the one day international cricket match between New Zealand and South Africa played at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Oct 27, 2014. South Africa have moved to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day rankings for the first time in five years, the Proteas climbing above Australia following their 2-0 series win in New Zealand. -- PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - South Africa have moved to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) one-day rankings for the first time in five years, the Proteas climbing above Australia following their 2-0 series win in New Zealand.

The last time South Africa headed the ODI rankings was in September 2009 but they slipped down the standings after their first-round elimination from the ICC Champions Trophy at home later that month.

South Africa trailed Australia by one point before the three-match ODI series against New Zealand and though the third and final match in Hamilton was washed out on Monday, the 2-0 result was enough to take them up to the top of the table.

The lead ranking comes as a welcome boost for the side ahead of the 50-over World Cup being held in Australia and New Zealand early next year.

Reigning world champions India are in third spot, while 2011 runner-up Sri Lanka are next with four points separating the top four nations.

South Africa captain A.B. de Villiers also retained top spot in the batting rankings with team-mate Hashim Amla overtaking India's Virat Kohli to claim second.