Black Caps capture public imagination in rise to top of Test rankings | Matt McIlraith

For a nation that was once bowled out for 26, becoming the No 1 team in Test cricket is arguably greater than anything New Zealand has achieved in rugby

What a difference a year can make. While very few places around the world have been left untouched by Covid-19, New Zealand has been luckier than most. And the country’s men’s international cricketers have made the most of it.

But even as they sat in the Hagley Park dressing room on Wednesday afternoon, reflecting on New Zealand’s rise to No 1 in the Test rankings for the first time, the players would have been entitled to rewind the tape, 12 months to the day, to another dressing room, in another country, and a vastly different set of emotions.

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