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Steyn replaces Ashwin, returns to No. 1 in Tests

Steyn replaces Ashwin returns to No 1 in Tests
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Ravichandran Ashwin dropped to the No. 3 spot but remained India's highest-ranked Test bowler, according to the latest ICC rankings.


After the second Test between New Zealand and South Africa ended, the ICC gave out their new ranking on Wednesday which saw Dale Steyn return to the top.


Steyn's match-winning performance in the second Test where he bagged eight wickets helped the hosts to defeat New Zealand by a huge margin of 204 runs and hence clinched the series 1-0. It was the South African pacer's 26th five-wicket haul in the whites.


While Ashwin was accompanied by Ravindra Jadeja at No. 8 among the bowlers, Ajinkya Rahane retained his No. 8 spot and was the lone Indian batsman in the top-10.


However, Ashwin remains the No. 1 all-rounder in the Test format, followed Shakib-Al Hasan and Moeen Ali in the next two places.


Steyn, who reclaimed the No. 1 rank in 2014 after a Test series against Australia, was replaced by Ashwin after he was out of action due to a shoulder injury. He has come back strong, went past Ashwin and England fast bowler James Anderson for the pole position.


Steyn has now been number-one for a record 263 Tests with Muralitharan coming second in the list at 214 weeks. In terms of days, Steyn has spent 2,320 days at the top, the most by any bowler since World War II.

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