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New Zealand climb to fifth spot in ICC Test rankings after series win against Bangladesh

New Zealand completed a 2-0 series victory over Bangladesh
New Zealand completed a 2-0 series victory over Bangladesh

Following their 2-0 series victory against Bangladesh, New Zealand have climbed to the fifth position in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings.

The Black Caps have gained two points to take their tally to 98 points and have pipped the fifth placed Pakistan, who have 96 points.

Despite, losing the entire day three of the Christchurch Test to rain, New Zealand seamers made a splendid comeback to dismiss Bangladesh for 173 runs in their second innings and chased down the target of 109 runs in 18.4 overs with nine wickets in hand.

The rankings has been topped by India (120 points) and are followed by Australia (109), South Africa (107) and England (101).

Meanwhile, Bangladesh started the series with 65 points but now have lost three rating points and remain in the ninth position, seven points behind eighth placed West Indies.

Following his eight-wicket haul in the game, Tim Southee bagged the player of the match and in the process also went past the 200-wicket mark in Tests - becoming the fifth New Zealand player to do so while Ross Taylor also went past 6,000 runs in the longer format.

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