Vettori consolidates top spot

BLACKCAPS cricket captain Daniel Vettori has consolidated his position at the top of the International Cricket Council's one-day bowling rankings.

Vettori reclaimed the top spot in January when he leapfrogged Australian fast bowler Nathan Bracken on the strength of his performance during the five-match series against the West Indies.

The latest rankings include the fifth one-day international against Australia in Brisbane on February 13.

New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Mills has edged further up the one-day rankings to third, while the injury-hit Jacob Oram slips to 19th.

Ross Taylor is New Zealand's best one-day batsman, ranking 16th alongside South African Herschelle Gibbs, while Brendon McCallum slots in at 27th.

Vettori ranks 11th in the test bowling rankings, with Chris Martin the next highest New Zealander on 19th. In the test batting rankings, Ross Taylor is the first New Zealand player to register at 33rd, two places ahead of Vettori.

NZPA

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