Ahead of the all-important test series against Pakistan the New Zealand wicket-keeper cum skipper Brendon McCullum has mentioned of an improvement in his side’s Test rankings. the first match of the two-match Test series begins on Sunday.

New Zealand, currently ranked seventh as a test team, among 10 Test playing nations, can climb up the ladder if they win the three-match series; an aspiring McCullum sets his motives to.

If they happen to perform well against Pakistan, they can surely look back on the last 18 months of pretty solid work and that they are aware as a team who need to keep performing day in and out as they are well down the ladder in the rankings and are thereafter, not happy with that, McCullum uttered on Saturday.

A 1-0 victory in the three-Test series for New Zealand would lift them to sixth position with Pakistan, currently third, dropping to fifth position.  A 2-0 win would push them into fifth with Pakistan slipping to sixth.

McCullum, however, did not fail to admit that Pakistan is a real tough opponent. He also thinks obviously that Pakistan was excellent in their most recent series against Australia and thoroughly deserved their win, said McCullum of Pakistan’s 2-0 over Australia.

Misbah-ul-Haq, on the other hand, has warned his team of the fact that New Zealand is not to be taken lightly despite their low rankings in test. Actually, if one sees the rankings, then Australia are way above New Zealand but in International Cricket, rankings do not play a significant role.

New Zealand is actually a kind of team that can really surprise you and one has to be aware of that. Pakistan has to be really focused against them because the Kiwis can really give them a tough time, said Misbah, who will become Pakistan’s most successful captain with 15 victories if he wins the match. He currently has 14 Test wins along with Imran Khan and Javed Miandad.

They just can’t take Kiwis lightly and that they will have to play good cricket against them in order to win, Misbah further added.


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