Proteas eye top spot

The Proteas kick off their five match ODI series with Pakistan on Sunday.

South African cricket coach Gary Kirsten.

CAPE TOWN - The South African limited overs team has had a hard time recently, but will be looking to turn that form around ahead of their first one day international with Pakistan on Sunday.

A 5-0 series whitewash against Pakistan will see South Africa move to the top of the ICC ODI rankings.

That will mean the Proteas will be number one in the world in both the Test and ODI formats.

Proteas coach Gary Kirsten said the team is looking forward to focusing on limited overs cricket.

He said they have a chance to do well in this format.

"It's nice to have a focus on just one-day international cricket for a period of time, so that we really upgrade our skills."

"I think in the New Zealand series, there were only two guys that we rested. The rest [of the players] were [part of] our full-strength team. I think we need to be comfortable knowing that those players can be rested because of the demands of professional cricket," Kirsten added.

The match will start at 10am.