New Zealand surpassed India to become the number one ranked Test team in the World. The Black Caps achieved this remarkable feat on Sunday after outclassing England to clinch the two-match test series by 1-0.
New Zealand bags 123 points in the ICC Team Test Rankings while India has 121 points & currently occupies the second spot in the ICC Test Team Rankings. Australia is placed at the third spot with 108 points in its kitty while England grabs the fourth spot with 107 points. India & New Zealand will face each other in the WTC final at the Ageas Bowl stadium in Southampton starting from June 18. New Zealand is also the number one ranked ODI team in the World while India is the third-ranked team in the ODI format.
Neil Wagner & Matt Henry scalped three wickets each as England was wrapped up for 122 in the second innings & in the end, New Zealand won the second test on day four by eight wickets at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Sunday.
For New Zealand, Tom Latham & Ross Taylor remained unbeaten on 23 & 0 as the team registered a scintillating win over England. In the second test, kiwis made six major changes to the squad but every new player included in the squad displayed a gleaming performance to emerge as winners in the two-match test series against England.
With this victory, New Zealand won the two-match test series against England by 1-0 & now the team will enter the final of the WTC with a sparkling victory in their hands. Chasing a meager 38 runs to win the match & the series, the Black Caps had a poor start as their opener Devon Conway was sent back to the pavilion for just 3 runs by Stuart Broad in the second over of the kiwi’s innings. Will Young (8) was dispersed by Olly Stone, but in the end, Latham & Taylor took New Zealand towards an eight-wicket victory.
The New Zealand squad will now lock horns with India in the final of the WTC which is scheduled to begin on June 18 in the Ageas Bowl at the Southampton. The Black Caps team will now move from the ECB bio-secure bubble into the WTC final bubble on June 15 & will be subjected to regular testing, prior to & post-arrival in Southampton.
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