Pakistan climbed to the fifth position in the new ICC Test Team Rankings with a convincing 95-run victory over South Africa. Pakistan has 90 points, with South Africa falling to 89 points in the sixth position.
In the second test to help Pakistan set up the win, Mohammad Rizwan once again showed why he is highly regarded as he scored a dazzling century.
With 118.44 points, Kane Williamson-led New Zealand is at the top of the table and is closely followed by India, who have 117.65 points. Australia, who recently lost India’s Border-Gavaskar trophy is number three with 113 points, while England is fourth.
The much-awaited ICC World Test Championship will be played in England later this year, and after New Zealand managed to seal their berth for the summit clash due to the postponement of the South Africa and Australia Test series, the race to the inaugural ICC World Test Championship is heating up between India, England and Australia.
India’s Qualification Scenario for ICC World Test Championship
India need to beat England 2-0, 2-1, 3-0, 3-1, or 4-0 in the ongoing series for India to qualify.
England’s Qualification Scenario for ICC World Test Championship
In the ongoing series, England need to beat India 3-0, 3-1 or 4-0 to make it through.
Australia’s Qualification Scenario for ICC World Test Championship
Australia, who wanted to make it up to the Border-Gavaskar trophy, would have to rely on the India-England series results.
One of the three scenarios must be played out for Australia to qualify: India beat England 1-0, England beat India 1-0, 2-0, or 2-1, or India and England draw either 0-0, 1-1, or 2-2 in the ongoing series.