ICC WTC Points Table [Updated] and India’s qualification scenario for the WTC final: South Africa somehow managed to secure a draw against Australia in the third and final Test to keep themselves in position for a spot in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. It should be mentioned that the Proteas were brutally routed in the first two games before they managed to rescue a tie in the Sydney Test. The Proteas benefited from the rain in Sydney as more than 150 overs were wasted due to a wet outfield.
Australia consolidated their top spot on the ICC World Test Championship points table with a 2–0 series win against South Africa. The series win has almost guaranteed Australia a place in the final of the WTC 2023.
While New Zealand and Pakistan, on the other hand, also came to a draw in Karachi Test. It was New Zealand’s first test of their Pakistan tour. Although they both are already out of the final race, they still would want to elevate their positions at the end.
Now, with a 2-0 victory against Bangladesh to wrap up the calendar year 2022, coach Rahul Dravid’s team will be aiming to carry that momentum into the Australia series at home. Australia is traveling to India for a 4-match red ball series starting 9th of February 2023.
Right now, only Australia is listed higher than India. Let’s look over India’s scenario for qualifying for the WTC 2021–23 final:
Qualification scenario for WTC final
South Africa, Australia, India, West Indies, and Sri Lanka are still in the race for a spot in the WTC final. The final clash of the ICC World Test Championship will feature the top two teams in the rankings. Before the season is over, each of these has one more series. From February 28 to March 12, South Africa will host their final series against the West Indies at home. The Proteas will have 55.56% points if they win that series 2-0.
South Africa would then have to hope that Australia beat India in their upcoming four-match series and New Zealand beat Sri Lanka. In such a situation, the Proteas team will remain second in the final standings.
India’s qualification scenario for the WTC final:
1- If India Win Broder Gavaskar Trophy by 3-1 or 3-0: India will qualify without depending on others.
2- If India Win 2 Tests in Broder Gavaskar Trophy and New Zealand win/draw 1 out of 2 Tests Vs Sri Lanka.
3- India can still qualify if they lose Broder Gavaskar Trophy by 1-2: If West Indies win or draw 1 out of 2 Tests Vs South Africa and New Zealand win 1 Test vs Sri Lanka.
WORLD TEST CHAMPIONSHIP (WTC final) 2021-23 POINTS TABLE
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