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Thanks to England, India become World No 1 Test nation again

New Delhi: Indian Test team led by Virat Kohli  on Saturday climbed to the top of the ICC’s Test Rankings after South Africa crashed to a 0-2 series defeat against England in Johannesburg.

 England’s Stuart Broad acknowledges the crowd after taking six wickets vs South Africa in Jo’burg yesterday.(Left) Virat Kohli, (right) England’s Stuart Broad acknowledges the crowd after taking six wickets vs South Africa in Jo’burg yesterday

India, who lost their top ranking to England after their 0-4 whitewash in 2011, got back to the pinnacle by virtue of their crushing 3-0 series win against the Proteas at home, last December.

India now have 110 ranking points and have one point more than Australia, who are second in the list with 109 points in their kitty. South Africa are now third in the rankings.

The joy of reaching top spot for India can be shortlived if Australia win their home Test series against New Zealand by 1-0 margin as the Aussies will then displace Kohli and Co. from the numero uno position.

Broad took six for 17 as South Africa were bowled out for 83 in their second innings.

Brief Scores:

South Africa  313 & 83  (K Rabada 16; S Broad 6-17, B Stokes 2-24) lost to
England 323 & 77-3 (A Cook 43, A Hales 18; D Elgar 2-8) by seven wickets

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