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Wagner propels up to become fifth-ranked Test bowler


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Wagner has a career best 801 points against his name © Getty

New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner has gained six places to become the fifth-ranked Test bowler in the world. The 33-year-old picked nine wickets in New Zealand’s win by an innings and 12 runs over Bangladesh in Wellington and as a result hasn’t just made it to a career-best position but also to 801 points, becoming only the third New Zealand bowler behind Richard Hadlee and Trent Boult to do so.

Tim Southee, who forms a terrific troika together with Boult and Wagner, had gotten as close as 799 points in June 2014 but couldn’t better it. With Boult ranked seventh on the list, Wagner is now the top-ranked Test bowler from his side.

Kane Williamson, who was seven points behind top-ranked batsman Virat Kohli and tipped to become No 1 by the end of the series, has lost a couple of points after the Wellington Test. And his participation in Christchurch is under a cloud after he copped a grade-one tear in his left pectoral minor muscle while fielding in the second Test.

In other movements on the ranking table, Ross Taylor, who hit a quick-fire 200 to ensure a result after two washed-out days in Wellington, has moved up 11 places to the 13th spot.

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