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Black Caps players soar in Test batting and bowling rankings after recent series wins

The Black Caps are beginning to see the fruits of their labour after Test series wins over Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with multiple players making big moves in the batting and bowling player rankings.

The biggest mover is in-form Henry Nicholls, who has surged into the top 10 of the Test batting rankings after a strong string of performances.

Nicholls rocketed from No.33 to No.7 in the latest list released by the International Cricket Council, having scored at least a half century in his last five Tests. He converted two of those into centuries, one against Pakistan (126*) and one against Sri Lanka (162*).

Another big mover was opener Tom Latham, who has climbed from No.28 to No.14.

After a rough patch against Pakistan where he only managed one 50 in six Test innings, Latham came right against Sri Lanka in dominating fashion.

He kicked things off by carrying the bat for an unbeaten 264 in Wellington and backed it up in the second Test with a 176 in Christchurch.

But Captain Kane Williamson remains New Zealand's best, firmly cemented at No.2 behind Indian great Virat Kohli.

In the bowling unit, Tim Southee has seen the biggest move after jumping back to No.8 in the Test bowling rankings - one place behind the Black Caps' best, Trent Boult.

Southee's surge came after he claimed 16 wickets in three Tests, including impressive figures of 6/68 against Sri Lanka in Wellington.

Neil Wagner has also moved up one place to No.14.

The Black Caps have recently turned their attention to the shorter formats of the game, though. After a 3-0 ODI series sweep of Sri Lanka, they will host the same opponents in a one-off T20 at Eden Park on Friday.

They then host India for five ODIs and three T20s before wrapping up the summer with a further three ODIs and three Tests against Bangladesh.

Henry Nicholls of the Black Caps drives the ball during New Zealand V Bangladesh Test. Source: Photosport


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