Here’s how the World Test Championship Points Table stands after first England vs South Africa Test
South Africa have finally succeeded in breaking England's 'Bazball' concept.
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South Africa registered a convincing win over England by an innings and 12 runs to go 1-0 up at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground. The match ended inside three days and by the virtue of this comprehensive victory, South Africa have not only succeeded in consolidating the top spot in the ICC WTC 2023 standings, but have also stopped England unbeaten run in the format at home this summer.
South Africa only had to bat one innings in this Test match, and it was more than enough to outplay the hosts. England after being skittled for 165 in their first innings could only manage 149 in the second with the South African pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada doing the bulk of the damage with seven wickets in both innings, including a fifer in the first (5/52).
Meanwhile, with a points percentage of 75%, South Africa are comfortably placed at the top of the WTC points table, with the Pat Cummins-led Australia taking the second spot, with a PCT of 70%. The Aussies were dominating before a defeat in Sri Lanka last month changed the scenario for them.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka have climbed up to the third spot with a PCT of 53.33% whereas a heavy seven-wicket defeat in the rescheduled Test match against England last month saw India slip down to the fourth position, with a points percentage of 52.08. Pakistan (51.85%) and the West Indies (50%) take the fifth and sixth positions.
England are certainly in a spot of bother with a PCT of 31.37% to take the seventh position whereas the reigning WTC champions New Zealand are out of the competition as they languish at the eighth spot with a points percentage of 25.93%. Bangladesh takes the ninth position with a PCT of only 13.33%.
Here’s the updated WTC Points Table after 1st ENG vs SA Test
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