Black Caps near the top of test big-hitters list

Last updated 08:31 13/12/2013
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BIG HITTER: Trent Boult's ratio of sixes to runs in test cricket puts him at number two in the rankings.

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It's been a long time since the Black Caps or any of the players sat atop any test cricket rankings of importance.

But a couple of big-hitters are sitting close to the surprising record of being the best six-hitter in the game.

Trent Boult and Tim Southee sit second and fourth respectively on the list, complied by stats guru Ric Finlay.

Only recent Ashes debutant George Bailey sits above Boult, who added to his tally at the Basin Reserve yesterday with a couple of big sixes against the West Indies.

The No. 11 took his career tally to 253 runs with 14 sixes, just shy of Bailey's ratio but more impressive given he's a tail-ender.

Finlay reports that the record of Tim Southee is even more astounding.

In his 28th Test, the 25-year-old has made 216 of his 752 runs in 36 mighty blows.

This puts Southee comfortably ahead of sloggers Shoaib Akhtar and Umar Gul of Pakistan, who sit either side of West Indian Michael Holding on the six-slugging list of cricketers with a minimum of 500 Test runs.

Highest ratio: sixes to runs

■ George Bailey (Aus) 33.3% (90 runs 5 sixes)

■ Trent Boult (NZ) 33.2% (253, 14)

■ Jim Smith (Eng) 29.4% (102, 5)

■ TimSouthee (NZ) 28.7% (752, 36)

■ Sylvester Clarke (WI) 27.9% (172, 8)

■ Shoaib Akhtar (Pak) 24.3% (544, 22)

■ Michael Holding (WI) 21.7% (910, 33)

■ UmarGul (Pak) 20.8% (577, 20)

■ Mohammad Rafique (Bang) 19.3% (1059, 34)

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