Dunedin: South Africa will press their claim to the No. 1 Test ranking when they begin a three-match series against New Zealand from Wednesday.
Ranked No. 2 behind England, South Africa have already demonstrated their superiority over eighth-ranked New Zealand in shorter formats, winning the Twenty20 series 2-1 and the One-Day International series 3-0.
New Zealand are likely to be more competitive in the Test matches and will enter the first match with the same lineup that beat Australia by seven runs in their most-recent Test at Hobart in December.