New Zealand made headlines for claiming top spot in the ICC Test rankings on Wednesday, but closer to home the Proteas are also moving in the right direction again.
Following their 2-0 series win over Sri Lanka, which ended at the Wanderers on Tuesday, South Africa have climbed one spot from 6th to 5th in the latest team rankings.
Sri Lanka, who were 5th, now drop down to 6th.
ICC Test rankings:
1. New Zealand - 118
2. Australia - 116
3. India 114
4. England - 106
5. SA - 96
6. Sri Lanka - 86
7. Pakistan - 82
8. West Indies - 77
9. Afghanistan - 57
10. Bangladesh - 55
There was also significant movement for the Proteas in terms off the ICC Test Championship, where they moved from 8th place up to 5th as a result of claiming a clean sweep of 120 points from the Sri Lanka series.
The Proteas are also ranked 5th in both ODI and T20 cricket.
They are next in action when they leave for a tour of Pakistan later this month - their first in 14 years - where they will play in three Tests and and three T20s.
- Compiled by Sport24 staff