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Black Caps slump in world Test rankings

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/08/2016

Skipper Kane Williamson in action for the Black Caps © Reuters Skipper Kane Williamson in action for the Black Caps New Zealand have dropped two places to seventh in the Test cricket world rankings following their series loss in South Africa.

The Black Caps and Proteas swapped places on the updated International Cricket Council ranking list following the 1-0 defeat. The first Test was abandoned but the tourists lost the second Test by 204 runs in Centurion.

New Zealand share the same number of ranking points as sixth-placed Sri Lanka but are listed below them.

Their next two series are against the world's leading nations.

They begin a three-Test tour of second-ranked India later in September before hosting world No.1 Pakistan for two Tests in November.

Meanwhile, captain Kane Williamson remains the Black Caps' highest-ranked player, unchanged at third in the batting list. Ross Taylor drops five places to 14th amongst batsmen.

The in-form Neil Wagner improves one place to a career-high ninth in the bowling list, jumping one place ahead of fellow-seamer Trent Boult. Tim Southee is unchanged at 15th.

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