After defeating Pakistan vigorously by 101 runs in the first test of two tests series, New Zealand went by Australia to claim number one spot in test ranking for the first time in the history of cricket.
Kiwis accomplished the milestone along with marking their 5th consecutive test win at home. Although this ranking is provisional. To stamp it officially, BlackCaps have to whitewash or draw the second test with Pakistan. They are dominating the Pak vs NZ test series with 1-0. The next test is to be played from 3 January 2021. Not losing the second test will seal their position officially at ICC no.1 test ranking leaving no chance for Australia or India.
Ongoing test series between Pakistan-New Zealand and India-Australia will decide which teams to play final of World test championship. The three titans are fighting to reach the final of two years long World test championship which is going to be played at the home of cricket; Lord’s, England in June of 2021.
In the provisional ranking list of test cricket teams, Australia was on top of the table having New Zealand and India at number 2 and 3 spot respectively. After today’s win, New Zealand and Australia interchanged their places while India remained at the third position.
New Zealand became able to obtain 117 points, one more from Australia, who were defeated by India in the Boxing day test at MCG, leveling the 4 matches test series by 1-1.
Kiwis gained 60 points in ICC World Test Championship points table to perpetuate their position to the final of mega event. Blackcaps are currently having 0.667 percentage points. If they manage to whitewash the visitors, they will acquire 0.700 points however, a 1-1 draw of series will restrict them to 0.600 points.
The top two sides on the points table at the end of the tournament will battle in the final.
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