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New Zealand and the West Indies begin their contest in a three-Test series from 3 December in Dunedin with an aim to improve their ratings points on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table.
West Indies enters the series in sixth position on 95 ratings points, while New Zealand starts off in eighth place with 75 ratings points.
If New Zealand was to win the series by a margin of 2-0, it can rise up to 82 ratings points, while a 3-0 series sweep will hand the home team a rise of eight ratings points to thereby finish at 83.
In both scenarios (New Zealand winning 2-0 and 3-0), West Indies will move down to seventh place behind Sri Lanka.
If New Zealand wins the series by either 1-0 or 2-1, or even if the series is drawn 0-0 or 1-1, there will be no change in West Indies’ final position on the table.
For the West Indies, the series offers an opportunity to reduce the gap with fifth-ranked Australia. But this can only happen if it wins the series by either a 2-0 or 3-0 margin.
If West Indies wins the series by a 2-0 margin, it will gain two ratings points to end at 97, to thereby reduce the gap with fifth-ranked Australia to four ratings points. A 3-0 series win, will give West Indies a gain of four ratings points, thereby reducing the gap with Australia to just two.
With the top four sides as of 31 December 2016 qualifying for the inaugural ICC World Test Championship scheduled for 2017, every Test counts towards the qualification.
To find out exactly how the forthcoming series will affect the Rankings Table, please click here. The Test Ranking Table, unlike the ODI and T20I Rankings tables, are updated after every series.
Meanwhile, Shivnarine Chanderpaul starts the series as the highest-ranked batsman on either side in second position on the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen.
Chanderpaul trails number-one ranked AB de Villiers by 11 ratings points and stands a good chance of even breaking the 900-rating point barrier, a benchmark for top batsmen, for the second time in his career.
Ironically, the first time Chanderpaul breached the 900-point mark was also after a Test against New Zealand at Napier in December 2008.
New Zealand’s Ross Taylor in 12th and West Indies’ Marlon Samuels in 19th are the only other batsmen on either side inside the top 20.
Outside the top 20, the batsmen likely to be in action are Darren Bravo in 25th, Kane Williamson in 27th, Brendon McCullum in 34th, BJ Watling in 48th, Kieran Powell in 51st and Denesh Ramdin in 58th.
In the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers, West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford in 16th place is the only bowler inside the top 20.
Outside the top 20, the bowlers likely to feature in the series include Tim Southee in 21st, Trent Boult in 25th, Darren Sammy in 33rd, Doug Bracewell in 43rd, Narsingh Deonarine in 44th, Neil Wagner in 45th and Tino Best in 55th.
The bowlers’ table is headed by Dalen Steyn with compatriot Vernon Philander in second and Sri Lanka’s Ranagana Herath.
About ICC World Test Championship
The inaugural ICC World Test Championship (ICC WTC) will be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in 2017.
The qualification pathway for the ICC World Test Championship is through the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings, with the qualifying period being from 1 May 2013 to 31 December 2016.
The top four teams at the conclusion of the qualification period will qualify for the event in 2017. The results of all Test series ending after 1 May 2013, and the results of all Test series starting before 31 December 2016, will be included in the period that determine qualification for the ICC WTC.
The official hashtag for the ICC World Test Championship is #wtc
New Zealand v West Indies
3-7 Dec: 1st Test, Dunedin
11-15 Dec: 2nd Test, Wellington
19-23 Dec: 3rd Test, Hamilton
Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings table (as on 1 December, before the start of the New Zealand v West Indies series)
(Developed by David Kendix)
Reliance ICC Test Player Rankings (as on 1 December, before the start of the New Zealand v West Indies series)
|1||AB de Villiers||SA||909!||51.44||909 v Pak at Dubai 2013|
|2||Hashim Amla||SA||898||52.32||907 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013|
|3||S.Chanderpaul||WI||875||51.71||901 v NZ at Napier 2008|
|4||Michael Clarke||Aus||870||52.14||900 v SL at Melbourne 2012|
|5||K Sangakkara||SL||866||56.98||938 v Eng at Kandy 2007|
|6||C Pujara||Ind||801*!||65.50||801 v WI at Mumbai 2013|
|7||Misbah-ul-Haq||Pak||783!||46.03||783 v SA at Dubai 2013|
|8||Graeme Smith||Eng||771||49.36||843 v Eng at Johannesburg 2010|
|9||Younus Khan||Pak||769||51.17||880 v SL at Lahore 2009|
|10||Alastair Cook||Eng||740||47.75||874 v Ind at Kolkata 2012|
|11||Ian Bell||Eng||729||46.26||822 v Ind at The Oval 2011|
|12||Ross Taylor||NZ||721||42.81||785 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2012|
|13||Jacques Kallis||SA||704||55.44||935 v NZ at Centurion 2007|
|14||Kevin Pietersen||Eng||693||48.06||909 v WI at Headingley 2007|
|15||Jonathan Trott||Eng||667||46.45||856 v SL at Cardiff 2011|
|16||Asad Shafiq||Pak||660*||39.11||680 v SA at Cape Town 2013|
|17||David Warner||Aus||659!||39.35||659 v Eng at Brisbane 2013|
|18||M Jayawardena||SL||639||49.56||883 v Ind at Ahmedabad 2009|
|19||Marlon Samuels||WI||638||36.74||672 v Zim at Bridgetown 2013|
|20||Virat Kohli||Ind||634*||41.16||648 v Aus at Mohali 2013|
|25||Darren Bravo||WI||611||42.65||709 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012|
|27||Kane Williamson||NZ||605!||34.78||605 v Ban at Mirpur 2013|
|34||B McCullum||NZ||569||34.98||673 v Pak at Hamilton 2011|
|48||BJ Watling||NZ||469*!||34.58||469 v Ban at Mirpur 2013|
|51||Kieran Powell||WI||463*||30.32||468 v Ban at Mirpur 2012|
|58||Denesh Ramdin||WI||439!||26.53||439 v Ind at Mumbai 2013|
|64||Peter Fulton||NZ||403*||31.22||413 v Eng at Auckland 2013|
|66||Darren Sammy||WI||393||21.23||452 v Zim at Bridgetown 2013|
|72||H Rutherford||NZ||380*||33.91||454 v Eng at Wellington 2013|
|80||N Deonarine||WI||349*||27.68||401 v Aus at Port-of-Spain 2012|
|95||Tim Southee||NZ||298||19.18||304 v Eng at Headingley 2013|
|1||Dale Steyn||SA||903||22.65||908 v Pak at Johannesburg 2013|
|2||Vernon Philander||SA||899*||17.50||901 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2013|
|3||Rangana Herath||SL||831||29.52||838 v NZ at Colombo (PSS) 2012|
|4||Saeed Ajmal||Pak||824||26.54||855 v Zim at Harare 2013|
|5||R Ashwin||Ind||808!||27.47||808 v WI at Mumbai 2013|
|6||Ryan Harris||Aus||801*!||21.81||801 v Eng at Brisbane 2013|
|7||Stuart Broad||Eng||772||30.10||783 v WI at Lord's 2012|
|8||Peter Siddle||Aus||760||29.06||816 v Eng at Old Trafford 2013|
|9||Pragyan Ojha||Ind||756||30.26||773 v Eng at Kolkata 2012|
|10=||Graeme Swann||Eng||709||29.18||858 v Pak at Lord's 2010|
|James Anderson||Eng||709||30.35||813 v Ind at Edgbaston 2011|
|12||Abdur Rehman||Pak||703*||27.55||739 v Eng at Dubai 2012|
|13||Morne Morkel||SA||700||30.23||776 v Aus at Cape Town 2011|
|14||Kemar Roach||WI||668*||27.71||712 v NZ at Kingston 2012|
|15||Ben Hilfenhaus||Aus||652*||28.50||757 v WI at Port-of-Spain 2012|
|16||S Shillingford||WI||635*!||31.27||635 v Ind at Mumbai 2013|
|17||Shakib Al Hasan||Ban||614||32.60||680 v WI at Mirpur 2011|
|18||Nathan Lyon||Aus||609*!||32.44||609 v Eng at Brisbane 2013|
|19||Mitchell Johnson||Aus||598||30.11||825 v Eng at Cardiff 2009|
|20||Zaheer Khan||Ind||588||32.35||752 v SA at Durban 2010|
|21||Tim Southee||NZ||585*||34.33||621 v Eng at Lord's 2013|
|25||Trent Boult||NZ||518*||30.82||558 v Ban at Chittagong 2013|
|33||Darren Sammy||WI||485*||35.66||568 v Aus at Bridgetown 2012|
|43||Doug Bracewell||NZ||395*||36.26||538 v WI at Kingston 2012|
|44||N Deonarine||WI||391*!||27.42||391 v Ind at Mumbai 2013|
|45||Neil Wagner||NZ||379*!||36.00||379 v Ban at Mirpur 2013|
|55||Tino Best||WI||311*||39.20||419 v Ban at Khulna 2012|
|61||Shannon Gabriel||WI||289*||23.18||360 v Zim at Dominica 2013|
|63||V Permaul||WI||279*||32.00||282 v Ind at Kolkata 2013|
|65||Kane Williamson||NZ||269*||38.18||291 v Eng at Headingley 2013|
|71||Marlon Samuels||WI||232*||52.14||250 v Zim at Dominica 2013|
|79||Sunil Narine||WI||191*||48.06||282 v NZ at Kingston 2012|
|94||Ish Sodhi||NZ||120*!||44.16||120 v Ban at Mirpur 2013|
|96||Corey Anderson||NZ||112*!||22.00||112 v Ban at Mirpur 2013|
|1||R Ashwin||Ind||419*/!||419 v WI at Mumbai 2013|
|2||Shakib Al Hasan||Ban||362||404 v Pak at Mirpur 2011|
|3||Jacques Kallis||SA||332||616 v Pak at Durban 2002|
|4||Stuart Broad||Eng||302||382 v Pak at Abu Dhabi 2012|
|5||Vernon Philander||SA||283*/*||312 v Pak at Centurion 2013|
*indicates provisional rating; a batsman qualifies for a full rating after playing 40 Test innings; a bowler qualifies for a full rating when he reaches 100 Test wickets.
!indicates career-highest rating
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