The race for one available spot of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final is spicing up with each passing day. Earlier this month, New Zealand became the first team to qualify for June’s final after Australia postponed their three-match Test series in South Africa. As of now, three teams – India, England, and Australia are in contention for the remaining spot.
Their fate will be decided by the ongoing four-match series between India and England. And things have got a bit interesting after England stunned India in the recently-concluded first Test at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium. The visitors thrashed India by 227 runs in the first Test to take the lead in the four-match series. The win has further brightened up England’s chances of making it to the final of the ICC WTC.
The road ahead is definitely difficult but if they continue to perform in the same manner, one cannot see them missing out on the final’s spot. Just like England, India also have their fate in their own hands and would be looking to bounce back. Australia, however, do not have their fate in their own hands. So as the four-match unfolds further, we take a look at how India, England and Australia could qualify for the final.
WTC Points table
Following the shock loss in the first Test in Chennai, India have dropped to the fourth spot in the ICC WTC Points Table. Before the start of the match, the Virat Kohli-led side was on top of the pile. With only three games left in their WTC campaign, India cannot afford another slip-up. They need to win at least two of the remaining three Tests of the ongoing series to set up a clash with New Zealand in the WTC final. A 2-1 or 3-1 series win will see India progress to the final.
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The stunning win over India has seen England move to the top of the ICC WTC Points Table. England still have their fate in their own hands and need to continue their winning run in the remainder of the series to make it to the final. England need to win at least two of the remaining three games to make it to the final. A 3-0, 3-1 or 4-0 series win over India will see them progress to the final.
Unlike India and England, Australia do not have their fate in their own hands. They are currently lying at the third spot in the ICC WTC points table. For them to qualify to the final, the ongoing series between India and England will have to finish at either 1-1 or 2-2 or a series win by a margin of 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 in England’s favour.
WTC Final qualification scenarios for India, England, Australia
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