Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand (2 Tests, 3 ODIs, 1 T20I)

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I know it probably seems a bit much to ask, given they got bowled out for 178 in the first innings of this Test, but is this the best Test batting line-up New Zealand have ever had? (numbers include this Test):

1 - Jeet Raval - 34.69 average, 42.54 strike rate (0 hundreds, 7 fifties)
2 - Tom Latham - 41.59 average, 45.67 strike rate (8 hundreds, 15 fifties)
3 - Kane Williamson - 51.44 average, 50.92 strike rate (19 hundreds, 29 fifties)
4 - Ross Taylor - 45.93 average, 59.63 strike rate (17 hundreds, 30 fifties)
5 - Henry Nicholls - 43.54 average, 49.41 strike rate (4 hundreds, 8 fifties)
6/7 - BJ Watling - 37.74 average, 43.07 strike rate (6 hundreds, 16 fifties)
6/7 - Colin de Grandhomme - 32.77 average, 84.62 strike rate (1 hundred, 4 fifties)
8 - Tim Southee - 18.02 average, 88.31 strike rate (0 hundreds, 5 fifties)
9 - Neil Wagner - 11.60 average, 39.86 strike rate (0 hundreds, 0 fifties)
10 - Ajaz Patel - 7.00 average, 28.00 strike rate (0 hundreds, 0 fifties)
11 - Trent Boult - 14.41 average, 52.86 strike rate (0 hundreds, 1 fifty)

When you factor in the bowling, you could even argue that it's the best and most balanced NZ side we've ever seen, too.

Only "drawback" you could say is that 5 of the 11 weren't actually born in New Zealand (two Indians, two South Africans, and one Zimbabwean), but we won't hold that against them too much :D
 

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Henry Nicholls was a liability about a year ago but has noticeably stepped up on numerous important occasions. Raval and Latham are probably NZ's best opening combination (there's not very much in the way of great past examples however).

At the very least this batting lineup is on par with that of 2014-15, but even then the main differences are no McCullum and [insert generic NZ revolving door opener here].
 

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New Zealand have never been better than this overall.
From a Test ranking perspective, this is the best performing NZ side ever. However, drawing the 1st Test against Sri Lanka has cost them the #2 ranking.

They have Bangladesh away for 3 coming up, should be a good challenge. To maintain their rating, NZ need to win 2-0. An unlikely 3-0 series win would most probably boost them up to #2.
 
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Sri Lanka trail by 430 runs. Disregarding victories by an innings, NZ Test wins by:
300 runs: 0
250 runs: 1
200 runs: 3
 
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From a Test ranking perspective, this is the best performing NZ side ever. However, drawing the 1st Test against Sri Lanka has cost them the #2 ranking.

They have Bangladesh away for 3 coming up, should be a good challenge. To maintain their rating, NZ need to win 2-0. An unlikely 3-0 series win would most probably boost them up to #2.
I'll think you'll find that series is at home for NZ not away.
 

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I'm wondering how Neil Wagner has such a good test record? Whenever I watch him he seems to be a not as good, left handed Peter Siddle yet averages 28 with a solid strike rate. What am I missing?
 

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International cricket, 30+ runs from first 5 balls of an over:

33 - J Neesham (6666nb26)
31 - E Lewis (66Y666)
30 - Y Singh (66666), H Gibbs (66666), J Butler (662nb1nb446)


List A world record for most runs off one over:
 
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