Wednesday, August 17, 2022

WTC Points Table Update: Is Edgbaston Test a Must for India?

Who is still in contention, who isn’t, and who needs to do what it takes to face the coveted Test mace in the World Test Championship (WTC) final next year? Here is the fall.

How does England’s 3-0 win over New Zealand affect the WTC table?

England were already so far behind that not even their elimination of New Zealand leaves them with much hope of a place in the final. Even if they win their remaining Tests against India, whitewash South Africa at home this summer and beat Pakistan this fall, they will have a point percentage above 50.

Defending champions New Zealand were out of contention before this series and are now on the forward slide. The maximum marks percentage they can get is 50.

How is India placed?

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India have seven Tests to play – the remaining Tests in England, four at home against Australia and two against Bangladesh. The maximum points percentage they can reach is 74.53, which should be enough considering Australia’s percentage if they lose to India. Losing one of the seven Tests would drop India to 68.98 and losing two to 63.42, so there’s a lot to play for at Edgbaston.

What do the leaders of Australia and South Africa need to do?

Australia still have 11 Tests to play in four series – two in Sri Lanka, four in India, two at home against West Indies and three against South Africa. If they win four of their five home Tests, they will need to win two Tests in Asia to reach a healthy point percentage of 65.

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South Africa have tough assignments in England and Australia and two Tests at home against West Indies. He would need to win one of those away series to have a point percentage above 65.

Are Pakistan and Sri Lanka with a shot?

Pakistan have a big chance as five of their remaining seven Tests are at home – three against England, two against New Zealand – and two away in Sri Lanka, where they won in 2015. If they can win five out of seven, they will end up on a percentage point over 65.

Sri Lanka’s task is difficult. They host Australia and Pakistan and play in New Zealand. They would need to find four wins and one draw to get closer to the 65 percentage point.

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