In 2013 the side was ranked higher than just one other country: Bangladesh.
OPINION: One person's talents have gone under the radar in recent tests.
The final day of the first test between Pakistan and New Zealand was one for the purists.
You can be snoring beneath a book one minute, the next you can't avert your eyes.
OPINION: One Black Caps player needs to quickly rediscover his mojo.
The pair have met once previously in a test - and the battle is far from over.
Opinion: No longer do fans wonder which Black Caps side will turn up, at least at home.
'The sheriff has been doing what he does for a long time.'
Without Kane Williamson, the Kiwi batters had to stand up and prove their credentials.
OPINION: Tim Southee's career provides an important lesson about sport.
Andrew Alderson: Opponents on the field unite off it ahead of opening day of first test.
New Zealand cricket teams are set to get a big helping hand for future assignments.
Kane Williamson will be out of quarantine. But why isn't he suiting up for the Black Caps?