India returned the Test summit of the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings for the first time since August 2011 © Getty Images
India returned the Test summit of the International Cricket Council rankings for the first time since August 2011 © Getty Images

Mumbai: Following their 37-run triumph over Australia in the first match of the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket series in Adelaide on Tuesday, India‘s day got even better as they were named the new top ranked Test team after England completed a 2-1 series victory over former leaders South Africa. South Africa’s whopping 280-run win over England in the final Test in Centurion was not enough to prevent their slide from the top of the standings to the third spot. India returned the Test summit of the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings for the first time since August 2011. Australia are in the second spot. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs Australia 2015-16, 1st T20I at Adelaide.

“After England’s 2-1 series win against South Africa, India are officially No. 1 in the Test Rankings,” the ICC tweeted on Tuesday. Australia can have a go at the first place with a series win in the two-Test Trans-Tasman Trophy next month against New Zealand, starting on February 12 in Wellington. India moved to second on the rankings in December when they mauled South Africa 3-0 on home soil. It was the first time South Africa had been beaten away from home in nine years. Pakistan are in the fourth spot, followed by England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. READ: England help India become No. 1 ranked Test team after thrashing South Africa in 3rd Test at Wanderers

Earlier, on January 16, England had helped India become No. 1 ranked Test team after thrashing South Africa in the third Test at Wanderers. India had become the unwitting benefactors of South Africa’s shocking loss to England, earning the No. 1 Test ranking. South Africa, who were thrashed 3-0 by India mere months ago, also lost to England at home, with the visitors taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Test series. South Africa were bowled out for a mere 83 in their second innings of the third Test at Wanderers after Stuart Broad ran through them with a spell of 6 for 17. India, who were playing a One-Day International (ODI) series in and against Australia, had gained from South Africa’s bad form.