Should things go well‚ South Africa will regain the No. 1 test ranking before the end of the March.But things would have to go inordinately well.And‚ even if they do‚ the South Africans could slip to No. 2 by the end of the first week of April.A 3-0 series triumph over India‚ the current No. 1 side‚ won’t be enough to put Faf du Plessis’ team‚ who are No. 2‚ over the top.But should South Africa follow that with a 3-0 drubbing of the Aussies‚ they will be at the top of cricket’s totem pole — a position they last held in January 2016.The catch is that South Africa will play four tests against Australia‚ and even a 3-1 scoreline in the former’s favour will tip them into second place and put the Indians back on top.Getting back to No. 1 must be the top prize for South Africa in 2018‚ a year that will start with the big bangs of tours by India and Australia.But it’s downhill from there. An away series of three tests against Sri Lanka in August and September is nothing to look forward to‚...

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