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England reduce gap to New Zealand in Test rankings from 23 points to just three

England rise to fifth in the test rankings, narrowing the gap with New Zealand from 23 points to just three after a crushing series win

  • England are now just three points behind New Zealand in the test rankings
  • 3-0 whitewash over New Zealand is a major turnaround for England
  • England has now made Pakistan a leap forward and moved to fifth place

England’s crushing win over New Zealand has narrowed the gap between the sides in the official Test rankings from 23 points to just three.

The 3-0 whitewash over the reigning world champions, completed courtesy of a seven-wicket success at Headingley, represents a spectacular turning point for a team that dropped last month to its lowest points total in 27 years.

The new era of test cricket under Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes started with England in sixth place in the standings, but beating a higher-ranked opponent so completely has resulted in a nine point win to 97. They have given Pakistan a leap forward and have moved up to fifth in the process.

England have risen in the test rankings and are three points behind New Zealand

England have risen in the test rankings and are three points behind New Zealand

That’s just one place behind the New Zealanders, who have dived from the table after the loss cost them 11 ranking points.

England started the day with 113 runs to complete a series of whitewashes.

Jonny Bairstow put on an impressive display on day five of the third test with 71 runs

Jonny Bairstow put on an impressive display on day five of the third test with 71 runs

Joe Root also made a significant contribution against New Zealand, scoring an unbeaten 86

Joe Root also made a significant contribution against New Zealand, scoring an unbeaten 86

After Ollie Pope was sent off in the opening, Jonny Bairstow stepped forward.

Bairstow finished undefeated at 71, with Joe Root scoring an undefeated 86.

England produced a high-octane dynamic display as they managed to prevail.

ICC test ranking
Position Team Matches Points Rating
1 Australia 19 2439 128
2 India 23 2736 119
3 South Africa 21 2306 110
4 New Zealand 27 2704 100
5 England 33 3195 97
6 Pakistan 20 1865 93
7 Sri Lanka 20 1637 82
8 West Indies 22 1685 77
9 Bangladesh 19 966 51
10 Zimbabwe 6 148 25

*Afghanistan and Ireland are in Test status but haven’t played enough games to be in the rankings

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