New Zealand leads Bangladesh by 69 ratings points and this gap means the Black Caps are favourite to win the two-Test series
New Zealand starts its campaign in the two-Test series against host Bangladesh, from Wednesday 9 October in Chittagong, with an opportunity to reduce the gap with seventh-ranked Sri Lanka on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table.
New Zealand is currently ranked eighth with 79 ratings points, while host Bangladesh is ranked 10th with 10 ratings points.
New Zealand leads Bangladesh by 69 ratings points and this gap means the Black Caps are favourite to win the two-Test series. As such, because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, if Brendon McCullum’s men win both the Tests, then they’ll gain just one rating point but will lose as many as four ratings points if the series ends in a draw.
In a sharp contrast, Bangladesh can gain up to 17 ratings points if it wins both the Tests. In case of a 1-0 series win, Mushfiqur Rahim’s side will earn 14 ratings points that will narrow the gap with ninth ranked Zimbabwe to 10 ratings points.
The Test Rankings table, unlike the ODI Rankings table, is updated only after the conclusion of the series. To find out exactly how forthcoming Test series will affect the Rankings table, please click here.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan starts the series as the player to watch out for in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Tests.
Shakib is ranked 30th on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen, 16th on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers and second on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test All-rounders.
Ross Taylor in 11th position is the only batsman from either side to figure inside the top 20 of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen.
The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen is headed by Hashim Amla, followed by West Indies’ Shivnarine Chanderpaul and South Africa’s AB de Villiers.
On the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers Trent Boult in 23rd, Doug Bracewell in 42nd and Sohag Gazi in 49th are some of the bowlers aiming for an improvement in their placings during the series.
The Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers is headed by South Africa’s Dale Steyn, with teammate Vernon Philander in second place.
Bangladesh v New Zealand
1st Test: 9-13 October, Chittagong
2nd Test: 21-25 October, Dhaka
Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table (as on 7 October)
(Developed by David Kendix)