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New Zealand Claim Number One Test Spot

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New Zealand Claim Number One Test Spot

New Zealand have become the number one test rated team for the first time in their history. They demolished Pakistan by an innings and 176 runs in their second Test in Wellington, to complete a two match series whitewash.

They are the sixth nation in the past decade to claim the number one spot.

It was another triumphant match for their skipper Kane Williamson, who recently overtook both Virat Kohli and Steve Smith to become the top rated ICC test batsman. His 238 was his second double century of the Antipodean summer and he has now scored 24 test hundreds. He even took a wicket in the match with his occasional off-breaks.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Kyle Jamieson also enjoyed an excellent match, taking 11/117, and scoring a brisk 30 with the bat.

New Zealand have now won six tests in a row, and have not lost a test match on home soil since 2017.

The win takes their current test points to 118, which is two more than India, with Australia back in third place with 112. The top five is rounded out by England with 106, and South Africa who have amassed 96.

They still though remain third in the ICC World Test Championship., behind Australia and India, because that has now been amended to a win-percentage basis, to try and equalise the different effect of the coronavirus pandemic on the various test-playing nations.

Australia continue to lead that particular table with 76.7%, followed by India with 72.2%, and now New Zealand with 70%.

However, those percentages are about to change. Australia and India begin the third match of their test series on Thursday in Sydney, with the outcome of the Border-Gavaskar trophy in the balance with each side having won one test each so far.

Suneer chowdhary
Sports Pundit staff writer @suneerchowdhary
ICC-accredited cricket journalist, covers Team India through their cricketing journey around the world

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