After winning over Pakistan, New Zealand is overtaking Australia as the top test team


Black Caps sweep home series for the first time to top test rankingsThey claimed their first final appearance in the Test World Cup

As New Zealand beat Pakistan by an innings and 176 runs in the second Test on Wednesday, Kyle Jamieson picked up his second five-wicket haul of the series. The victory ended the 2-0 series and for the first time lifted the Black Caps to the top of the world rankings, ahead of world No. 2 Australia and No. 3 India. Australia will be excited to see Will Pucovski make his test debut against India | Adam CollinsRead more The young pacifist Jamieson fired 6-48 and added to his first-round 5-69 knock as the hosts dispatched the tourists by 186 to cement their eighth home triumph in the Test series with a four-day win at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval. In the final of the inaugural Test World Cup at Lord’s in June, the victory also placed the Black Caps in contention for one of the two spots. It was the superb performance of Captain Kane Williamson, who scored 238 in New Zealand’s only innings, as well as Jamieson’s fine bowling, that allowed the hosts to post 659 for 6. “Even though on paper the result was in our favor, we know that it’s the little things that matter when you play a good opponent,” Williamson, who was called the player of the series, said after the game. In their first innings, Pakistan made 297 and only an exceptional bounce avoided a heavy loss when they resumed at 8-1 after Jamieson removed Shan Masood’s opener on Tuesday night. Before Jamieson regained momentum to send back Abid Ali and send the tourists into the lunch break 69-3 up, Mohammad Abbas was caught from behind from a Trent Boult delivery. Jamieson secured his fourth five-wicke

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