Digital Desk, New Delhi. New Zealand became the number one Test team in the world, beating India ahead of the final of the World Test Championship. New Zealand achieved this feat by defeating England on Sunday. New Zealand has 123 rating points while India remains at number two with 121. Australia, England and Pakistan are the next three in the list. New Zealand will take on India in the final of the ICC World Test Championship in Southampton from June 18.
Earlier in the day, New Zealand won the series 1–0 after beating hosts England by eight wickets in the second and final Test in Birmingham on the fourth day. This is New Zealand’s first win in England since 1999 and the third overall Test series win in the country. In July 1999, New Zealand defeated England 2–1. In the Birmingham Test, hosts England won the toss and batted first, scoring 303 runs. In response, the New Zealand team was all out for 388 runs. The Kiwi team had taken a lead of 85 runs in this sense. After this, England could only score 122 runs in the second innings and gave a target of 38 runs to the Kiwi team. In response, New Zealand won the match by scoring 41 runs for the loss of 2 wickets.
Now New Zealand has to play the final of the World Test Championship against India from 18 June. After the series win against England, New Zealand will take the field as a strong contender. Many former veteran players have already made their predictions about this. Former England captain Michael Vaughan said, “New Zealand are strong contenders for me in the World Test Championship final against India. He played two Test matches which would boost his confidence. India has also played practice matches within the team but it did not have that much rivalry.