7 Jul 2009

NZ fourth, 20th, second, fourth, 17th and 5th in ODIs

7:45 am on 7 July 2009

New Zealand's cricketers are fourth in the latest one day international team rankings, behind number one South Africa, runners-up Australia and India.

New Zealand's batsmen don't fare as well, with just Ross Taylor squeaking into the top 20 in the world, level with India's Gautam Gambhir.

Gambhir's team-mates M.S. Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh take out places one and two with the bat while West Indies skipper Chris Gayle is third.

In the bowling stakes the Black Caps fare a lot better with Kyle Mills just pipped by Sri Lankan fast-medium Nuwan Kulasekara. Kulasekara's team-mate, the spinner Muthiah Muralidaran edges New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori into fourth place while Jacob Oram's ranked the 17th best ODI bowler and the fifth-best all-rounder.

Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan tops the all rounders ahead of England's Andrew Flintoff, and Pakistan's Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik.