Pat Cummins & Co. Widen Gap With India On WTC Points Table With Massive Win Over WI
Australian players celebrating a WI wicket on Day 3 (x.com)
A Pat Cummins-led Australia handed a 10-wicket larruping to West Indies at the Adelaide Oval to go 1-0 up in their two-match Test series. The outcome, marking Australia’s fourth successive Test triumph this home summer, further consolidated their number one spot on the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023-25 points table.
As of now, they stand nearly seven points clear of second-placed India, and over 11 points ahead of third-placed South Africa on the nine-team standings.
Australia distance gap with India on WTC points table
Australia, emboldened by Travis Head’s seventh Test century and Josh Hazlewood’s career-best Test haul, routed West Indies by 10 wickets inside three days of their Adelaide Oval bout on January 19. The win granted Australia their fourth in succession, all at home, as they widened their gap with India and South Africa on the WTC 2023-25 points table.
Earlier in January, Australia walloped a new-look Pakistan side 3-0 in their three-match Test series at home. Winning the series-opener by 360 runs at Perth, they won the subsequent two Tests by 79 runs and eight wickets at the MCG and the SCG respectively.
The Indian team, under Rohit Sharma, continue to occupy the second spot on the rankings while South Africa with 50 PCT is placed third. New Zealand and Bangladesh teams have also raked in 50 PCT each to jointly hold the subsequent two slots on the standings. As of now, Sri Lanka is the only team that is yet to open their WTC 2023-25 account.
Australia can further widen their gap with India, as they have one more Test scheduled before the conclusion of their home summer. They will now face West Indies in the series-deciding second Test at The Gabba in Brisbane between January 25 and January 29.
The Indian team, on the other hand, can narrow the gap or might even soar past Australia through their upcoming five-match Test challenge against England. The series against England will commence from January 25 onwards in Hyderabad and will conclude on March 11 in Dharamshala.