India return to the top of test rankings for first time in five years

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India have taken the top spot in the ICC Test rankings after successful series wins against Sri Lanka and South Africa.

The victory in Sri Lanka was the first time Virat Kohli’s men have won an away series in four years, coming from behind to beat the hosts 2-1.

An impressive display of spin bowling by Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja helped them secure the home series against South Africa and subsequently claim the top spot for the first time since 2011.


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India may not hold on to the top spot for long, as Australia, who trail by only a point in the latest rankings, are scheduled to play an away series against New Zealand in February.

A 1-0 victory against the Black Caps will be enough to see the Australians move to the top of the rankings.

Led by Steve Smith, Australia have had a great start to the summer which saw them destroy the West Indies in just seven days of play, prior to which they won the inaugural Day-Night Test to seal a 2-0 victory against New Zealand.

South Africa’s defeat in the home series against England has seen them slip to third. AB de Villiers' men have lost five out of the last nine games and played out four draws since January 2015. The last time they won a Test match was against the West Indies, which came over a year ago.

Meanwhile, England have moved up to fifth after a fantastic display against the Proteas.

In the last nine months, they have played out a highly entertaining series draw against New Zealand at home and followed it up by regaining the Ashes.

They then struggled to find form against Pakistan, which saw them succumb to a series defeat in the UAE but have since recovered to rub salt in South Africa's wounds and their next test assignment will be three matches against Sri Lanka in May.

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