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After completing a 2-0 series win in New Zealand, South Africa have returned to the top of the ICC rankings
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South Africa have returned to the top of the ICC One-Day International rankings for the first time in five years after their 2-0 series win in New Zealand.

Prior to the three-match series, South Africa trailed leaders Australia by a single rating point but wins by six wickets and 72 runs, before the final game was washed out, were enough to edge them to the top of the table.

South Africa were last on top of the table in September 2009, when they lost top spot to Australia after an early exit at the Champions Trophy.

Australia host South Africa for a series of five ODIs next month but with third-placed India taking on fourth-placed Sri Lanka as well, there is every chance the lead could changes hands again in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, batsmen AB de Villiers has retained top spot in the batsman rankings but team-mate Hashim Amla has overtaken Virat Kohli to move into second place.

Quinton de Kock is now level with Tillakaratne Dilshan in seventh place after another profitable series for South Africa's top order.

A huge mover was Luke Ronchi, whose brace of half-centuries lifted him some 52 places to 62nd in the list.

Although the top two players in the bowling rankings - Saeed Ajmal and Sunil Narine - are currently out of action, Dale Steyn was unable to improve his position.

The only change in the top 10 saw Ryan McLaren drop from ninth to 12th, promoting England's Steven Finn and Australia's Clint McKay in the process.

On his return to ODI cricket, Vernon Philander has leapt up 15 places to 78th.

View the full rankings in our tables below:

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