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Australia reclaims top ranking with 2-0 series win

Visiting side secures seven-wicket win against New Zealand on the final day as McCullum bows out

Australia reclaims top ranking with 2-0 series win
 - Cricket News
The series sweep put Australia ahead of India at the top of the ICC Test rankings.
Australia returned to the top of the International Cricket Council Test rankings after cruising to a seven-wicket win in the second Test against New Zealand to seal a comprehensive 2-0 series win on Tuesday (February 24).

After beating New Zealand in the first Test by an innings and 52 runs in Wellington, Australia sealed the second Test shortly after lunch on the fifth and final day at Hagley Oval. Steven Smith ended the match on 53 not out, his 16th Test half-century, and Adam Voges hit the winning runs, a boundary through the covers to move to 10 and take the visitors to its target of 201.

The only wickets to fall on the final day were those of Joe Burns for 65 and Usman Khawaja for 45. Khawaja was the first one to go, backing away to clip a chest-high delivery to the boundary as he took his overnight 19 to 45 before giving Tim Southee his first wicket of the Test after 29 overs. 



Burns, who was adjudged the man of the match, was patient during his 169-ball 65, his fourth Test half-century, but was bowled by Trent Boult in the extended session before lunch.

Resuming at 169 for 2 after the break, Smith and Voges needed only four overs to complete the game. Smith was particularly aggressive against Neil Wagner, sending one bouncer over long leg for six and pulling a shoulder-high delivery to the fine leg boundary.

The series sweep put Australia ahead of India at the top of the ICC Test rankings. This was the last Test before the April 1 deadline as the attention now turns to the ICC World Twenty20 in India next month.

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