New Zealand has a chance to progress further up the Test rankings when it hosts Sri Lanka in a two Test match series which begins in December
Following Sunday’s one-all series draw in Sharjah, Pakistan has dropped one place to fourth in the latestReliance ICC Test Team Rankings, while New Zealand has gained one rankings point and now lies two points adrift of sixth placed India.
Pakistan had entered the series in third position with 105 points on the back of a series victory over Australia, and won the opening Test against New Zealand by 248 runs in Dubai. However, a draw in Abu Dhabi in the second Test, followed by the Black Caps’ victory by an innings and 80 runs on Sunday, meant that Pakistan has dropped to 103 ratings points and been replaced in third position by England, on 104 ratings points.
New Zealand’s first innings total of 690 was its highest ever innings score, eclipsing its previous record of 680 for eight achieved in the second Test against India in February 2014. The result saw New Zealand increase the gap with eight-placed West Indies to 19.
New Zealand has a chance to progress further up the Test rankings when it hosts Sri Lanka in a two Test match series which begins in December.
Forthcoming Test series (as on 1 December):
Australia v India
tbc – First Test, Brisbane
12-16 Dec – Second Test, Adelaide
26-30 Dec – Third Test, Melbourne
3-7 Jan – Fourth Test, Sydney
South Africa v West Indies
17-21 Dec – First Test, Centurion
26-30 Dec – Second Test, Port Elizabeth
2-6 Jan – Third Test, Cape Town
New Zealand v Sri Lanka
26-30 Dec – First Test, Christchurch
3-7 Jan – Second Test, Wellington
Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings (as on 1 December, after the Pakistan-New Zealand Test series)
Rank Team Rating
1 South Africa 124
2 Australia 117
3 England 104
4 Pakistan 103
5 Sri Lanka 101
6 India 96
7 New Zealand 94
8 West Indies 75
9 Bangladesh 32
10 Zimbabwe 18
(Developed by David Kendix)