New Zealand has ousted Australia from # 1 in the ICC Test team rankings, scoring 118 points against 116 Australia after winning their second and final Test against Pakistan with rounds and 176 courses in Christchurch on Wednesday and a 2-0 win. . Series. India (114), England (106) and South Africa (96) finished in the top five.
New Zealand has overtaken Australia after winning the first Test against Pakistan on 101 tracks at Mount Maunganui, but will have to wait for the celebrations to start, making them the seventh team to top the rankings as the ICC doesn’t finish the table until the end of the year updating each series.
Meanwhile, Kane Williamson cemented his first place on the Test Batsmen list and, after another outstanding performance, scored 890 points – he won Player of the Game of 238 in a Christchurch win. That put him ahead of Virat Collie (879), Stephen Smith (877) and Mannus Labuschan (850), the only other hitters over 800 at the time. Williamson has now scored 251, 129, 21 and 238 in his last three Tests.
While no other New Zealand batsman has made the top ten, Neil Wagner and Tim Southy are third and fourth in the bowler rankings. Out of the game due to injury, Colin de Grandom finished 8th in the all-player list and moved up to 10th after scoring 16 Dragons in both Tests against Pakistan – while he was still two hits scoring a handy 30 – was Kyle Jamieson.
A 2-0 win over Pakistan also means New Zealand move up the World Test Championship standings. You now have 420 points, over 390 for India and 322 for Australia, but are behind on the PCT (percentage points): Australia at number 1 with 0.767, followed by India with 0.722 and New Zealand with 0.70 in third place.
Over the past few years, New Zealand has been nearly unbeatable in its home country. They last lost a friendly at home in March 2017 when South Africa beat them by eight goals in Wellington – this is actually the only Trial they have beaten at home since early 2017.
That record has helped them stay in one spot for the last two years when they were No.2 on long journeys. However, followed by Australia (May 2020 to January 2021), India (October 2016 to April 2020), Pakistan (August 2016 to October 2016), South Africa (July 2014 to January 2016), United Kingdom (August 2011 to August 2012). and West Indies (August 1995) for the first time.