With a thumping victory of an innings and 52 runs over New Zealand at the Basin Reserve, Australia are clearly marching towards the number one test rank. Before the series began, skipper Steve Smith had admitted that his vision was to make Australia the number one test side. The resounding victory in Wellington has meant that the Australians just need to avoid a defeat in the next test in order to reach the number one rank.
“We’ve got a pretty new side and guys are gelling well together,” Smith said winning the first test. “I think we’ve played very good Test cricket over the last couple of months, obviously, we had those series at home and to start this series the way we have it has been really satisfying. There’s still a lot of improvement left in us but I think we are going in the right direction.”
“When you are No. 1 in the world, every team you play against is out for you, they are hunting for you,” Smith said. “So it takes a lot of hard work to stay at No. 1. So if it does happen, if we get to No. 1 in this series, there is still a lot of hard work; we’ve got a pretty tough series in a couple of months’ time in Sri Lanka. So, lots of hard work still in us after this series,” Smith added.
Currently, India is the number one test side after Virat Kohli’s team defeated South Africa 3-0 at home. After back to back home series wins over New Zealand and West Indies, the Australians are inching towards displacing India from the number one spot. Even a draw in the second test against New Zealand would be good enough for Australia.