Sri Lanka’s beautiful 2-Zero Take a look at sequence win in South Africa may not have helped them transfer up within the ICC Take a look at rankings – although they’ve earned 4 helpful factors – nevertheless it led to South Africa slipping to No. three and New Zealand, for the primary time, going as much as No. 2.
New Zealand might have risen to No.2 earlier, once they hosted Sri Lanka late final 12 months, had they gained 2-Zero. However centuries from Kusal Mendis and Angelo Mathews in a valiant rearguard pushed the primary Take a look at to a draw, and although New Zealand gained the second Take a look at by 423 runs, they remained in third place.
However Sri Lanka’s subsequent 2-Zero defeat of South Africa trimmed South Africa’s factors by 5 to 105, and pushed New Zealand – at 107 factors – as much as second place, solely behind India, who’re properly forward of the pack at 116 factors.
“It is fairly cool. It is one thing that is slightly bizarre, us not having performed Take a look at cricket for slightly bit now, nevertheless it’s a testomony to the cricket that we’ve got been enjoying over the past 12 months, slightly bit longer,” Henry Nicholls, who’s up at No. 5 amongst Take a look at batsmen, mentioned of the rankings leap.
“It has been nice having a number of completely different guys are available and do properly, and I feel that is most likely a by-product of the tradition we have been making an attempt to construct, of having fun with one another’s success and ensuring everybody’s actually clear about their position and simply making an attempt to do the most effective that we are able to.”
South Africa haven’t got one other Take a look at engagement scheduled until the tour of India in October, however New Zealand have a great probability of consolidating their place once they host Bangladesh – ranked No. 9 – for 3 Checks beginning this week.
The inaugural ICC Take a look at Championship, in the meantime, will kick off on July 15 this 12 months, quickly after the conclusion of the 50-over World Cup in England and Wales.