Proteas star speedster Kagiso Rabada has replaced his team-mate, Imran Tahir, as the world's top ranked ranked ODI bowler.
The intense competition in the individual rankings justifies the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy's significance as players from the eight participating teams feature prominently in it and not much separates the top players in the fray.
An overcast morning and a green-tinged pitch offered the promise of some assistance to South Africa's quicks but Proteas captain AB de Villiers could hardly have expected his side, already 2-0 down in the three-match series, to make quite such a stirring start.
Meanwhile, other players to gain in the rankings after the England-South Africa series include Quinton de Kock (up two places to fourth) and Eoin Morgan (up five places to 17th) among batsmen and Liam Plunkett (up seven places to 16th) among bowlers.
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SA now turn their attention to the Champions Trophy‚ in which they play their first match against Sri Lanka at The Oval on Saturday. With Australia (118), India (117), New Zealand (114), England (112) not too far behind, South Africa will know that they can't afford to lose too many games in the global event. Shakib Al Hasan (BANG) - 62010.
Meanwhile, South African skipper A.B.de Villiers top-ranked among batsmen. David Warner (AUS) - 8713.
They put down six catches on Saturday‚ but their only blemish on Monday was the hard chance De Kock spilled off Keshav Maharaj for Jake Ball's wicket. He produced a beauty to account for Joe Root: full and swinging in late, it beat Root's attempted flick to midwicket and trapped him leg before.
Jos Buttler and Adil Rashid fell to consecutive deliveries by Rabada in the fifth over - both to catches by Faf du Plessis at second slip - but Bairstow survived the hat-trick ball.