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Chance for New Zealand to move up in World Test Championship Points Table

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Winning both matches of the home series against West Indies could see New Zealand overtake England and move into third position in the ICC World Test Championship points table.

New Zealand will be aiming to make full use of home conditions in their two-match World Test Championship (WTC) series against the West Indies from Thursday as they bid to move up in the points table led by Australia.

New Zealand are fourth in terms of percentage points won, the factor that determines the final placings, following a change to the points system announced last week owing to the disruption of international cricket due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Winning both matches of the series, in Hamilton and Wellington, could see them overtake England and move into third position with 0.625 percentage points after four series, having previously drawn 1-1 with Sri Lanka and lost 3-0 to Australia before pulling off a 2-0 home series win over India.

Australia overtook India to the top position and the two teams will fight it out in a four-Test series immediately after this one while New Zealand get another chance to get WTC points on the board with a two-Test home series against Pakistan starting on 26 December.

Each series of the WTC is worth 120 points, distributed evenly over the number of matches in a series. The points range from 60 for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series.

More on the WTC is available here.

Kane Williamson, placed fourth on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for batsmen, is the highest-ranked batsman from either side
Kane Williamson, placed fourth on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Rankings for batsmen, is the highest-ranked batsman from either side

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will be leading a few top-ranked players as they aim to progress in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Player Rankings.

Williamson, a formerly top-ranked player, is the only batter from either side in the top 10, in 4th position. Tom Latham (12th), Ross Taylor (15th) and Henry Nicholls (19th) are in the top 20, a reflection of the team’s strong batting line up.

New Zealand excel in the bowling department in rankings terms, with pace bowlers Neil Wagner (3rd), Tim Southee (4th) and Trent Boult (10th) all among the top 10.

For the West Indies, captain Jason Holder is their leading player in all three lists, he is the top-ranked all-rounder, 5th on the bowlers list and ranked 43rd among batters.

Fast bowlers Kemar Roach (15th) and Shannon Gabriel (20th) are their leading bowlers.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings (as of 1 Dec 2020, before the New Zealand-West Indies series):

Batting (top 10)

Rank

Player

Team  

Pts      

Avge  

Highest Rating

   1

Steve Smith

Aus

911

62.84

947 v SA at Durban 2018

2

Virat Kohli

India

886

53.62

937 v Eng at Southampton 2018

3

M Labuschagne

Aus

827*!

63.43

827 v NZ at Sydney 2020

4

K Williamson

NZ

781

50.99

915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019

5

Babar Azam

Pak

797

45.44

800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020

6

David Warner

Aus

793

48.94

880 v NZ at Perth 2015

7

C Pujara

India

766

48.66

888 v SL at Nagpur 2017

8

Ben Stokes

Eng

760

37.84

827 v WI at Old Trafford 2020

9

Joe Root

Eng

738

47.99

917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015

10

Ajinkya Rahane

India

726

42.88

825 v NZ at Indore 2016

 

Other selected rankings

Rank   

Player

Team

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

12

Tom Latham

NZ

710

42.34

724 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019

15

Ross Taylor

NZ

677

46.10

870 v WI at Hamilton 2013

19

Henry Nicholls

NZ

652

39.70

778 v Ban at Wellington 2019

25

BJ Watling

NZ

621

38.50

696 v Eng at Hamilton 2019

39=

Tom Blundell

NZ

561*!

47.22

561 v India at Christchurch 2020

43

Jason Holder

WI

553

31.93

581 v Eng at Barbados 2019

48

Shane Dowrich

WI

521

29.07

562 v Eng at Southampton 2020

53

Roston Chase

WI

508

30.86

626 v Pak at Dominica 2017

54

S Hetmyer

WI

505*

27.93

561 v Eng at Barbados 2019

55

Lokesh Rahul

India

504

34.58

761 v SL at Pallekele 2017

56

S Brooks

WI

503*

33.54

536 v Eng at Old Trafford

 

Bowling (top 10)

Rank     

Player

Team  

Pts

Avge

Highest Rating

1

Pat Cummins

Aus

904

21.82

914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019

2

Stuart Broad

Eng

845

27.65

880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016

3

Neil Wagner

NZ

843

26.60

859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019

4

Tim Southee

NZ

812!

29.00

812 v India at Christchurch 2020

5

Jason Holder

WI

810

26.69

862 v Eng at Southampton 2020

6

Kagiso Rabada

SA

802

22.95

902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018

7

Mitchell Starc

Aus

797

26.97

807 v NZ at Perth 2019

8

J Anderson

Eng

781

26.79

903 v India at Lord's 2018

9

Jasprit Bumrah

India

779*

20.33

834 v WI at Jamaica 2019

10

Trent Boult

NZ

770

27.65

825 v Eng at Lord's 2015

 

Other selected rankings

Rank            

Player 

Team  

Pts

Avge   

Highest Rating

15

Kemar Roach

WI

744

27.51

781 v India at Jamaica 2019

20

S Gabriel

WI

663

30.76

758 v Ban at Jamaica 2018

31

Roston Chase

WI

505*!

41.15

505 v Eng at Old Trafford 2020

42

Kyle Jamieson

NZ

335*!

16.33

335 v India at Christchurch 2020

 

All-rounders (top five)

Rank               

Player 

Team  

Pts     

Highest Rating

1

Jason Holder

WI

447

485 v Eng at Southampton 2020

2

Ben Stokes

Eng

446

497 v WI at Old Trafford 2020

3

R Jadeja

India

397

438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017

4

Mitchell Starc

Aus

298

346 v India at Pune 2017

5

R Ashwin

India

281

492 v Eng at Mohali 2016

 

*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
 
For more information on player rankings, please click here.

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