Blackcaps vs Bangladesh: Neil Wagner climbs bowler rankings with dominant second test

  • 14/03/2019

Blackcaps speedster Neil Wagner has climbed test-bowling rankings with his outstanding performance in the second test against Bangladesh.

After claiming a nine-wicket haul in the innings-and-12-run win in Wellington, the left-armer soared six spots to a career-best fifth in the rankings.

The 33-year-old was influential in the second-test win, after the first two days were washed out by persistent rain at the Basin Reserve.

With the test set for a draw over just three days of play, Wagner finished with match figures of 9/73, taking four wickets in 13 overs in the first innings and five in 14 in the second.

Fellow bowler Trent Boult climbed one stop to seventh, with seven wickets in the test. Australian Pat Cummins is the top ranked test bowler.

Double centurion Ross Taylor moved up 11 places to 13th in the batting list, while Henry Nicholls climbed to fifth. Captain Kane Williamson remains second, behind Indian superstar Virat Kohli.

The Blackcaps stars could climb even higher in the rankings in the third and final test, which begins at Christchurch's Hagley Oval on Saturday.


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