New Zealand pacer, Trent Boult believes is excited at the prospect of his side becoming the number one Test team in the world. The Black Caps have all but sealed the victory over West Indies in the ongoing second Test match in Wellington which will see them rise to the top of ICC Test team rankings for the first time in their history.
Henry Nicholls 174 took the hosts to another massive first inning total of 460. West Indies were bundled for 131 as Kyle Jamieson, and Tim Southee both took a five-wicket haul each. Asked to follow on, Jason Holder’s side is six wickets down, and trail by another 85 runs by the end of the third day.
It would be a pretty special achievement: Trent Boult
New Zealand leads the series 1-0 and a victory in the second Test over the West Indies will mean the Kiwis displace Australia from the top position; Tim Paine’s side is just a solitary rating ahead of Kane Williamson’s.
Boult, who took three wickets in West Indies’ second innings, says that it would be a tremendous achievement to be ranked the top team in the world. He feels that the team is going to reap the rewards for their good work on the field over the past 5-6 years, in particular away from home. The 31-year-old also reveals that the longest format is his preferred form of the game.
In a video posted on the official Twitter handle of the BlackCaps, Trent Boult said, “Obviously, it will be a tremendous achievement. But, one of those things that are grafted over many seasons and the way, looking back at last five-six years, Test cricket is my favorite format. What we have been able to achieve at home, and some special wins overseas as well, that has been amazing.
“If we reach the number one ranking, it would be nice to reflect on the work that has been done over the last few seasons. It would be a pretty special achievement in my opinion.”
New Zealand has defeated India, England, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh in the Test series at home and a memorable comeback victory away over Pakistan.