New Zealand Cricket Team News: New Zealand becomes the No. 1 Test side after thrashing Pakistan by an innings and 176 runs in the second Test which concluded on Wednesday. In reply to NZ's mammoth 659, the Pakistan team has bundled out for a paltry in both innings. The emphatic win against Pakistan helped them to claim the top spot in the ICC Test Rankings for the first time in their cricket history. Now it's a rise pleasing to see after where they were a few years ago.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson-led from the front while threatening speedster Kyle Jamieson showcased his wicket-taking abilities. While the middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls has also impressed with the bat with his blitzkrieg knock as the hosts won the game without ease. Jamieson got five of the first six wickets to fall in the second innings to make his maiden 10-wicket haul. He finished with 11/117 which has been the best bowling figure in Test cricket at Christchurch.
With this thumping victory over the visitors, the New Zealand Cricket team climbs atop the ICC Test rankings as well with 118 rating points. Then comes the Australian cricket team and followed by Team India standing at 116 and 114 rating points respectively.
Where does New Zealand Stand on the WTC table?
The New Zealand team has not moved up in the ICC WTC table, though they have closed the gap with No. 1 ranked Australia and India. Currently, the Australian cricket team is the No. 1 with a win percentage of 76.7 while India is in second place with 72.2 %age. New Zealand are at the third spot with a win percentage of exact 70 while losing side Pakistan are lying at the sixth place with a win percentage of a mere 30.7.
Meanwhile, the Kiwis stay in contention for World Test Championship (WTC) finals. The Kiwis have reduced the gap between itself and Australia. New Zealand also has kept alive their hopes of playing the ICC World Test Championship Final to be played at the famous Lord's this year.