S Africa want to knock India off top: Smith

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith said Sunday the priority this season is to challenge India for first position in the world rankings. The Proteas, who are expected to confirm Monday that former India World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten will take charge of the Test, one-day and Twenty20 squads, host Australia and Sri Lanka this year. Speaking in South Africa for the first time since his team suffered a shock World Cup quarter-finals loss to New Zealand two months ago, opening batsman Smith said overtaking India must be the major goal of the Test side. "I remain extremely positive about the Proteas as we set about challenging India for their number one Test ranking," he told a media conference.

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