New Zealand have proved that International Cricket Council rankings don't matter on a cricket field. No. 8 New Zealand completely dominated No. 2 India on Day 4 of the Wellington Test on Monday. With Brendon McCullum (281*) and BJ Watling (124) spearheading a batting 'carnage', the Kiwis were 571/6 at stumps, their second highest second innings total in Test cricket. (Scorecard | Day 4 Report | Day 4 Highlights | Pics )
Making the Indian bowlers toil for two days, New Zealand have gone past their previous best total against India (483/5 in Auckland in 1990). New Zealand's highest Test score has been 671 against Sri Lanka in 1990-91. Martin Crowe missed a triple century in that match at Wellington by a run. (Martin Crowe wants Brendon McCullum to break his record)
While the main architect of the innings has been McCullum, who has now registered his best Test score, Watling too was responsible for providing crucial support. The 28-year-old South Africa-born cricketer has also posted his highest individual score in Tests - going past 103 scored against Bangladesh in October last year. His 367-ball knock is also the longest by any New Zealand wicket-keeper in Test cricket.