New Zealand Sweep West Indies To High Check Cricket Rankings

New Zealand shot to the highest of the world Check rankings Monday once they thrashed the West Indies by an innings and 12 runs to wrap up an emphatic sequence win. It lifted the Black Caps to 116 factors, equal with Australia on the head of the rankings desk, and in addition prolonged their unbeaten dwelling run to 15 Exams. New Zealand additionally stayed within the hunt for the inaugural World Check Championship remaining as they overtook England to maneuver into third within the standings behind Australia and India, who begin a four-Check sequence this week.


“It does sound fairly cool,” stated Tom Latham, New Zealand’s stand-in captain whereas Kane Williamson is on paternity depart.

“I did not realise that till this morning,” he stated of the rankings enhance.

“We now have been taking part in some good cricket as of late in our circumstances, and away for that matter, and it is a fairly cool factor.”

After Williamson pulled out on the eve of the second Check, Latham stated the crew stepped up with Henry Nicholls overcoming a type hunch to attain 174 and lay the foundations of the victory.

Kyle Jamieson, in solely his fourth Check, took 5 wickets within the first innings and two within the second to be man of the sequence.

Tim Southee took seven within the Check. New Zealand additionally gained the primary Check in Hamilton by an innings.

“It was nice for our squad that we do have depth the place guys can are available and carry out immediately,” Latham stated.

Nevertheless it was a disappointing tour for the West Indies, with each Exams ending on the fourth morning. They’ve now misplaced 4 in a row since beating England in Southampton in July.

‘Not ok’

Captain Jason Holder stated they solely had themselves responsible.

“It is simply powerful once we did not take our alternatives once they got here. We have been good in patches however nonetheless not ok,” he stated.

“I do not suppose circumstances have been that powerful with a purpose to get runs. The wicket was a very good wicket.

“We have simply not been constant over a time frame. We’ve not been capable of string it collectively, most of the time.”

After shedding the primary Check in New Zealand by an innings and 134 runs, and being rolled for 131 within the first innings of the second Check, they saved their greatest for his or her remaining bat on tour, scoring 317 all out of their second innings. 

The vacationers resumed the day at 244 for six, needing an extra 85 runs to make New Zealand bat once more and with Jason Holder on 60 and Joshua da Silva on 25. 

Holder added one to his in a single day 60 earlier than he was bowled by Tim Southee, who additionally had Alzarri Joseph caught behind after an entertaining 24 — all from boundaries. 

Da Silva marked his maiden Check with a half-century however on 57 he fell lbw to Neil Wagner, who additionally bowled Shannon Gabriel with out scoring to go away Chemar Holder not out 13. 

For New Zealand, Wagner took three for 54 and Trent Boult completed with three for 96.

Regardless of profitable the toss and having the benefit of bowling first on inexperienced wickets in each Exams, the West Indies bowlers struggled for consistency and their batsmen lacked the number of shot choice to deal with New Zealand’s swing and seam assault.

The highest 5 West Indies batsmen totalled solely 267 throughout their 4 Check innings, simply 16 greater than New Zealand maestro Williamson scored on his personal within the first Check.

Even with Williamson out for the second Check, New Zealand have been nonetheless capable of publish 460 as Nicholls shrugged off a batting hunch to contribute his 174, aided by 5 dropped catches.

John Campbell’s 68 within the second innings of the ultimate Check was the most effective contribution by the West Indies’ high order. 


Their highest scores of the sequence got here from Jermaine Blackwood (104) and Alzarri Joseph (89) batting at six and eight in a lost-cause second innings of the primary Check.

New Zealand begin a two-Check sequence in opposition to Pakistan on December 26 and can want one other sequence sweep to be in with an opportunity of reaching the Check championship remaining.

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