New Zealand become ranked in the number one position. New Zealand, with 109 points in Test cricket, is ranked behind India on 113 points, but a series win in Sri Lanka can bring New Zealand on No.1 spot.
New Zealand has a chance of securing the top spot in Test cricket when it takes on Sri Lanka in a two-match series from Wednesday, exactly a month after its tragic World Cup final defeat to England. The Kiwis are carrying plenty of spin options which can be an advantage on the pitch of Sri Lanka’s ground. Bombay-born left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel takes five wickets in the warm-up game in Negombo and he is likely to be the second spinner after leggie Todd Astle. Although fast bowlers are New Zealand’s strength, it is likely to stick to two bowlers with all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme coming in as the third option. Trent Boult will be the number one pick while the Kiwis will have to choose between Tim Southee and Neil Wagner, possibly the latter, who takes up nine wickets in New Zealand’s last Test match. But the host will be no more behind, as it showed it’s great to form by winning its recent 2-0 series in South Africa becoming the first Asian nation to do so. Let’s see whether kiwis can take the spot or not time will tell.