Last Update on: September 8th, 2022 at 06:18 pm
New Zealand has dropped to second place in the latest ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings following consecutive losses to Australia, in the three-match ODI series. In the process, England has climbed to the top and occupies the apex position with a rating of 119, while the Kiwis have 117. Tailing them are India, Pakistan, Australia and South Africa with 111, 107, 104 and 101 rating points respectively.
The Three Lions reclaimed the top spot having lost it to New Zealand in May 2021. The Blackcaps, though, can tie England at 119 ratings if they manage to win the final ODI in the series but will remain second on the basis of their inferior rating points.
New Zealand squanders its chance to seal the opening ODI
It has been two tough games for the Kane Williamson-led side in the ongoing three-match series. Australia snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the first ODI. Chasing 233, Australia were in a spot of bother at 44/5 before Cameron Green and Alex Carey carried out a rescue act.
The sixth-wicket pair added 158 runs, with both the batters making half-centuries. New Zealand did manage to make a comeback in the game with three wickets but cramped-up Green and Adam Zampa took Australia to victory.
Kiwi batsmen failed to deliver despite a superb bowling effort in the second ODI
In the second ODI, New Zealand produced a brilliant bowling performance to restrict Australia to 195/9. Matt Henry got rid of both openers early on before Trent Boult ripped through Australia with a four-for. The visitors were 117/8 at one point before lower-order contributions from Mitchell Starc, Zampa and Josh Hazlewood took them to a modest total.
In reply, the Black Caps were blown away by Starc and Sean Abbott early on. Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell dropped the anchor before Zampa trapped the skipper. The leggie removed the other set batter in his very next over as the Black Caps lost half their side for 38.
There was no real recovery from the lower order and the visitors crumbled to 82 all out, losing by a whopping 113 runs.