Australia reclaims the number one test ranking

Australia has reclaimed the number one test ranking following their seven-wicket victory over New Zealand on the fifth and final day of the Second Test being played in Christchurch on Wednesday.

The tourists knew that a win or a draw in the second and final test would secure the number one ranking and they reclaimed top spot in the traditional format of the game in great style, with a comprehensive win at Hagley Oval.

Resuming on 1 for 70 and needing another 131-runs with nine wickets in hand for victory Australia comfortably reached their required total of 201-runs as they finished on 3 for 201 in their second innings.

Man of the match Joe Burns (65) backed up from his brilliant 170 in the first innings as captain Steve Smith (53 not out) and Adam Voges (10 not out) guided the tourists to victory, with the Western Australian hitting the winning runs.

The victory saw Australia claim the two-test series 2-0 as the Black Caps paid tribute to retiring captain Brendon McCullum who played his final ever test match.

New Zealand 370 all-out

Brendon McCullum 145 (79)

CJ Anderson 72 (66)

Nathan Lyon 3 for 61 (10 overs)

Australia 505 all-out

Joe Burns 170 (321)

Steve Smith 138 (241)

Neil Wagner 6 for 106 (32.1 overs)

New Zealand 335 all-out

Kane Williamson 97 (210)

Mark Henry 66 (93)

Jackson Bird 5 for 59 (17.1 overs)

Australia 3 for 201

Joe Burns 65 (162)

Steve Smith 53 not out (46)

Tim Southee 1 for 30 (seven overs)

(Photo Source: Zimbio)

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