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January 21, 2021

Chance for New Zealand to move up

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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.

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 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.

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

Batting (top 10)

RankPlayerTeam  Pts      Avge  Highest Rating
   1Steve SmithAus91162.84947 v SA at Durban 2018
2Virat KohliIndia88653.62937 v Eng at Southampton 2018
3M LabuschagneAus827*!63.43827 v NZ at Sydney 2020
4K WilliamsonNZ78150.99915 v Ban at Hamilton 2019
5Babar AzamPak79745.44800 v Ban at Rawalpindi 2020
6David WarnerAus79348.94880 v NZ at Perth 2015
7C PujaraIndia76648.66888 v SL at Nagpur 2017
8Ben StokesEng76037.84827 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
9Joe RootEng73847.99917 v Aus at Trent Bridge 2015
10Ajinkya RahaneIndia72642.88825 v NZ at Indore 2016

Other selected rankings

Rank   PlayerTeamPtsAvgeHighest Rating
12Tom LathamNZ71042.34724 v SL at Colombo (PSS) 2019
15Ross TaylorNZ67746.10870 v WI at Hamilton 2013
19Henry NichollsNZ65239.70778 v Ban at Wellington 2019
25BJ WatlingNZ62138.50696 v Eng at Hamilton 2019
39=Tom BlundellNZ561*!47.22561 v India at Christchurch 2020
43Jason HolderWI55331.93581 v Eng at Barbados 2019
48Shane DowrichWI52129.07562 v Eng at Southampton 2020
53Roston ChaseWI50830.86626 v Pak at Dominica 2017
54S HetmyerWI505*27.93561 v Eng at Barbados 2019
55Lokesh RahulIndia50434.58761 v SL at Pallekele 2017
56S BrooksWI503*33.54536 v Eng at Old Trafford

Bowling (top 10)

Rank     PlayerTeam  PtsAvgeHighest Rating
1Pat CumminsAus90421.82914 v Eng at Old Trafford 2019
2Stuart BroadEng84527.65880 v SA at Johannesburg 2016
3Neil WagnerNZ84326.60859 v Aus at Melbourne 2019
4Tim SoutheeNZ812!29.00812 v India at Christchurch 2020
5Jason HolderWI81026.69862 v Eng at Southampton 2020
6Kagiso RabadaSA80222.95902 v Aus at Port Elizabeth 2018
7Mitchell StarcAus79726.97807 v NZ at Perth 2019
8J AndersonEng78126.79903 v India at Lord’s 2018
9Jasprit BumrahIndia779*20.33834 v WI at Jamaica 2019
10Trent BoultNZ77027.65825 v Eng at Lord’s 2015

Other selected rankings

Rank            Player Team  PtsAvge   Highest Rating
15Kemar RoachWI74427.51781 v India at Jamaica 2019
20S GabrielWI66330.76758 v Ban at Jamaica 2018
31Roston ChaseWI505*!41.15505 v Eng at Old Trafford 2020
42Kyle JamiesonNZ335*!16.33335 v India at Christchurch 2020

All-rounders (top five)

Rank               Player Team  Pts     Highest Rating
1Jason HolderWI447485 v Eng at Southampton 2020
2Ben StokesEng446497 v WI at Old Trafford 2020
3R JadejaIndia397438 v SL at Colombo (SSC) 2017
4Mitchell StarcAus298346 v India at Pune 2017
5R AshwinIndia281492 v Eng at Mohali 2016
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