New Zealand grabbed the primary place within the ICC Check rankings for the primary time in historical past after decimating Pakistan by an innings and 176 runs within the second Check in Christchurch, on Wednesday.
The comfy series-clinching victory, formed by captain Kane Williamson’s double century, pushed the Kiwis to high of the heap as they grew to become the sixth nation up to now 10 years to be ranked primary in Check cricket.
“An enormous victory within the second Check has propelled New Zealand to the No.1 spot within the @MRFWorldwide ICC Check Group Rankings,” the ICC tweeted.
General, they’re the seventh facet on this planet to carry the primary spot. New Zealand got here near reaching the summit within the final couple of years however stayed second on the desk.
They now have 118 factors, two greater than Australia and 4 away from third-placed India. England (106) and South Africa (96) full the top-five.
Williamson consolidated his high spot within the batting record. He had not too long ago leapfrogged India captain Virat Kohli and Australian star Steve Smith with three centuries, together with two double centuries, in his final six innings.
The Black Caps are additionally inching nearer to the highest two spots within the ICC World Check Championship standings. They’re nonetheless third with 70 (PCT) proportion factors however are narrowing the hole with Australia (76.7) and India (72.2).