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We deserve Test No 1 status, not India: Graeme Smith

After crushing India by an innings in the first cricket Test here, South African captain Graeme Smith today declared that they deserve to be the world number one team more than the home side.

South Africa would reclaim their world number one status that they relinquished to India in December last year if they do not lose the second Test in Kolkata starting on Sunday.

Smith said they deserved the Test numero uno status more than any side as they had won around the world and not in their own backyard only.

“The reason we probably can say we deserve number one ranking more than any one else is we have traveled and won around the world in a short period of time. We have not only played at home and won. We have won in England, in Australia, come here and won a Test in 2008 and now here. Number one team deserves to be number one. We want to earn that and be there for a long time,” he said.

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