New Zealand beat West Indies by innings and 12 runs, now on a 15 test unbeaten streak on home soil

New Zealand beat West Indies  – New Zealand has won the 2nd and final test by by an innings and 12 runs margin to win the series 2-0 against the West Indies. The Kiwi team had won the first test also by an innings margin. NewZealand is now on their best ever15 test match unbeaten streak on their home soil.
Jason Holder and Joshua Da Silva had dragged 2nd test to 4th day yesterday but could not save the West Indies from a innings defeat on the 4th morning. The resistance by the visitors ended at 317 runs. Holder was the first one to go at 61 and Silva’s innings ended at 57.

For the home team, Boult and Wagner took 3 wickets each to hand memorable victory.

Kyle Jamieson was named Player of the Series and Henry Nicholls was awarded Player of the Match: ‘It was obviously nice to contribute. Nice to be part of a Test win as well as a series win. There were lots of ebbs and flows (in my innings), also had a lot of luck too which helps. Got good support from the lower order and then Wagner did what he does at the end. We knew that coming here without Kane would be a challenge’

ICC Test Rankings : NewZealand moves to number 2 in the world rankings, Australia just ahead by a decimal point

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday clarified that Australia are still at the top of Test rankings and the Tim Paine-led side is ahead of New Zealand on decimal points.

New Zealand won the second Test of the two-match series against the West Indies by an innings and 12 runs. After the win, New Zealand also reached the mark of 116 points and everyone anticipated the Kiwis being the joint-holder of number one ranking along with Australia in the Test format. However, taking to Twitter, ICC’s official handle clarified that Australia are still at the top and New Zealand are at the second position based on decimal points.

“It’s neck and neck at the top of the ICC Test Team Rankings. Australia are still No.1 with 116.461 rating points. New Zealand are just behind with 116.375,” ICC tweeted.
Virat Kohli-led India are at the third spot in Test rankings with 114 points while England and Sri Lanka are at the fourth and fifth position.

South Africa (sixth), Pakistan (seventh), West Indies (eighth), and Bangladesh (ninth) make up the latter half of the rankings.

After winning the two-match Test series against West Indies, the Kiwis also toppled England at the third spot in the World Test Championship (WTC) standings.
On Sunday, Kiwi pacer Trent Boult was asked how it would feel if his side becomes the number one ranked team in the Test format.

“Obviously, it will be a tremendous achievement. But, one of those things that is grafted over many seasons and the way, looking back at last five-six years, Test cricket is my favourite format. What we have been able to achieve at home, and some special wins overseas as well, that has been amazing,” said Boult in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of BlackCaps.

“If we reach the number one ranking, it would be nice to reflect on the work that has been done over the last few seasons. It would be a pretty special achievement in my opinion,” he added.

New Zealand will next lock horns against Pakistan in the two-match series, beginning December 26. On the other hand, India and Australia will also square off in a four-match Test series, beginning December 17.