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WTC 2023-25 Points Table: Australia Inch Closer To India After Series Win Vs NZ

Pat Cummins with Trans-Tasman trophy after beating New Zealand for 2-0 (X.com)Pat Cummins with Trans-Tasman trophy after beating New Zealand for 2-0 (X.com)

After securing a 2-0 victory in the Trans-Tasman series, Australia has surged past New Zealand to claim the second position in the rankings. Presently, Australia holds the runner-up spot, with India leading the standings, while New Zealand settles in third place.

In a riveting encounter in Christchurch, Australia secured a memorable victory over New Zealand by three wickets. Despite a shaky start, with the scoreboard reading 80-5 while chasing 279, Alex Carrey delivered a stellar performance with an unbeaten 98, guiding Australia to a remarkable win. Mitchell Marsh's valuable contribution of 80 runs was instrumental in the successful chase.

Notably, Ben Sears' four-wicket haul posed a significant challenge for the Australian side during the pursuit of victory.

Although Alex Carey emerged as the standout performer in the match, earning the title of MVP, it was New Zealand's Matt Henry who claimed the Player of the Series accolade. Despite New Zealand's series loss of 2-0 to Australia, Henry's remarkable achievement of taking 17 wickets throughout the series distinguished him as the standout player.

With this triumph, Australia has amassed eight victories out of twelve tests in the 2023-25 World Test Championship cycle. Their record includes three losses and one draw.

Following this series win, Australia has surged up the table, displacing New Zealand to claim the second position. At the culmination of the championship, it will be the top two teams that will compete in the final in England, next year.

Australia currently holds a points won per points contested (PCT) of 62.50, placing them in a strong position. However, India leads the rankings with a PCT of 68.51, boosted by their recent series victory over England. Meanwhile, New Zealand's PCT stands at 50.00. With a home test series against India scheduled for the year's end, reigning champions Australia find themselves in the driver's seat to secure their spot in the next Test Championship final.