Australia beat NZ to become leader in Test Rankings

Australia beat NZ to become leader in Test Rankings Steve Smith’s dominant Australia crushed New Zealand by seven wickets in the second Test to clean sweep the series 2-0 and go to the top of the world rankings in Christchurch on Wednesday.

The victory confirmed Australia’s superiority over New Zealand after they won the first Test in Wellington by an innings and 52 runs.

Australia beat NZ to become leader in Test Rankings

Australia beat NZ to become leader in Test Rankings
Australia beat NZ to become leader in Test Rankings

Australia finished two points ahead of India with 112 points in the final series before the April 1 cut-off date.

Smith will receive the mace and the cash award on behalf of his team in a ceremony to be held at a later date.

This is the eighth time Australia finished as the number one-ranked Test team at the annual cut-off date since the inception of the current rankings system in 2003.

It earlier topped the table each year from 2003 to 2009, before India claimed the number one spot in 2010 and 2011.

England ended as the number one-ranked side in 2012 before South Africa completed a hat-trick by retaining the top spot from 2013 to 2015.

India, by virtue of finishing second, will collect $500,000, while South Africa will pocket $200,000 and Pakistan $100,000 after claiming third and fourth positions respectively.

It was double delight for Smith’s men. They earlier topped the ICC ODI Team rankings at the annual cut-off date, finishing comfortably ahead of second-placed New Zealand, followed by India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and England.

Test rankings (as of February 24, after the conclusion of the New Zealand-Australia series)

1. Australia 112 points

2. India 110

3. South Africa 109

4. Pakistan 106

5. England 102

6. New Zealand 96

7. Sri Lanka 89

8. West Indies 76

9. Bangladesh 47

10. Zimbabwe 05