Aussies close in on top rank­ing

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

WELLING­TON — Aus­tralia’s aim of re­gain­ing the top rank­ing in test cricket has taken a ma­jor step for­ward fol­low­ing Mon­day’s com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over New Zealand in the opener of their two-match se­ries, ac­cord­ing to cap­tain Steve Smith.

Aus­tralia thumped the hosts by an in­nings and 52 runs at the Basin Re­serve shortly af­ter lunch on the fourth day to put them­selves in prime po­si­tion to usurp In­dia at the head of the ICC test rank­ings.

The tri­umph means Smith’s side can af­ford to draw the se­cond test start­ing in Christchurch on Fe­bru­ary 20 as any se­ries vic­tory, whether it be by a 1-0 or 2-0 mar­gin, will take Aus­tralia past In­dia.

“We want to be num­ber one in the world in all three for­mats and I think this test match is a step in the right di­rec­tion,” Smith told re­porters. “I said when I took over as cap­tain that I wanted to win ev­ery se­ries away from home.

“It’s great to be one-nil up in the se­ries against New Zealand and hope­fully we can take a step up in Christchurch.” — Reuters

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