South Africa's splendid and consecutive win in the Test series against Pakistan has helped the hosts cement their grip on the top-spot of the ICC rankings.
According to the latest update, Graeme Smith's team will remain World Number 1 till the April 1 cut-off with England, Australia, Pakistan and India rounding off the current top-5 teams.
South Africa registered a 4-wicket win against visiting Pakistan in the second Test to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The result was the team's sixth series win on the trot and will now ensure that Smith and co. retain the Test championship mace.
The team will also receive a prize money of US$450,000 - an amount which has been increased from last year's US$175,000. More than the honour and the money, the numero uno spot will help the side bully opposition even before the start of a match as former Pakistan skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq said Pakistan fretted much on the difference in ranking.
"This Pakistan team had the ability to beat South Africa but they seemed to be thinking a lot about their rival's world number one status and that their bowling is very dangerous," he said on Monday.
Competition though is brewing for the second spot as Australia (117 rating points) take on India and look to erase the 1-point deficit against England. The first match of the series begins February 22 while South Africa too will play the final Test from the same day onwards.