England reduce gap to New Zealand in Test rankings from 23 points to just three


England move up to fifth place in the Test rankings and reduce gap to heavily-beaten tourists New Zealand from 23 points to just three following series whitewash

  • England are now just three points behind New Zealand in the Test rankings  
  • 3-0 whitewash over New Zealand is a significant turnaround for England 
  • England have now leapfrogged Pakistan and have moved into fifth place 

England’s crushing series win over New Zealand has seen the gap between the sides in the official Test rankings shrink from 23 points to just three.

The 3-0 whitewash over the reigning world champions, completed courtesy of a seven-wicket success at Headingley, represents a spectacular turnaround for a team that slumped to its lowest points tally in 27 years last month.

The new era of Test cricket under Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes began with England in sixth place in the standings, but defeating a higher-ranked opponent so comprehensively has resulted in a gain of nine points to 97. They have leapfrogged Pakistan and moved into fifth in the process.

England have moved up the Test Rankings table and are three points behind New Zealand

That is just one place behind the New Zealanders, who have plunged down the table after the loss cost them 11 rankings points.

England started the day requiring 113 runs in order to complete a series whitewash.

Jonny Bairstow produced an impressive display on day five of the third Test with 71 runs

Jonny Bairstow produced an impressive display on day five of the third Test with 71 runs

Joe Root also made a significant contribution against New Zealand, scoring an unbeaten 86

Joe Root also made a significant contribution against New Zealand, scoring an unbeaten 86

After Ollie Pope was dismissed in the opening over, Jonny Bairstow stepped up to the crease.

Bairstow finished unbeaten on 71, with Joe Root scoring an unbeaten 86. 

England produced a dynamic, high-octane display as they managed to prevail. 

ICC Test Rankings 
Position  Team  Matches    Points  Rating 
Australia  19    2439  128 
India  23    2736  119 
South Africa  21    2306  110 
New Zealand  27    2704  100 
England  33    3195  97 
Pakistan  20    1865  93 
Sri Lanka  20    1637  82 
West Indies  22    1685  77 
Bangladesh  19    966  51 
10 Zimbabwe    148 25 

*Afghanistan and Ireland have Test status but have not played enough matches to figure on the rankings table 

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