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What is the impact of SA vs AUS Test series on India’s WTC hopes?

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Someone’s loss is another person’s gain. The loss of South Africa in the 2nd test match against Australia has helped India get closer to the consecutive final of the World Test Championship. South Africa now have to depend on other teams for a place in the finals. India are one step closer along with Australia to qualify for the finals at the Oval. 

WTC Points Table

Australia leads the WTC standings with 132 points out of 168 contests, or 78.57% of the total. India is ranked second on the table with 99 points out of 168 contests or 58.93% overall. Sri Lanka has 64 points out of 120, with 54.55%.

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Out of the total 144 points, South Africa is still on 72 points after their loss in Melbourne. They are now in fourth place on the rankings, behind Sri Lanka, with an aggregate of 50%.

World Test Championship current standings

TeamsMatchesWonLostDrawnTiePointsPercentage
Australia141013013278.57
India1484209958.93
Sri Lanka1054106453.33
South Africa1266007250
England221084012446.97
West Indies1145205440.91
Pakistan1246205638.89
New Zealand926202825.93
Bangladesh12110101611.11

How can India qualify for the WTC finals?

India will be playing a 4-match test series against Australia at home. The series is going to blockbuster as all India-Australia contests have been quite competitive. India will qualify for the WTC finals if:

  • India whitewash Australia 4-0
  • India win by a margin of 3-1
  • India will have to depend on the results of other teams if the series ends 2-2.

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