Who will play the WTC Finals ? The top two sides at the end of the league on percentage points will play the final. Each series of the league is worth 120 points, distributed evenly over the number of matches in a series, ranging from 60 in two-Test series to 24 for a five-Test series.
ICC Test Rankings- New Zealand is the new No.1 Test Team: New Zealand put up an exemplary display to outclass Pakistan and win the first of the two-match Test series. In the process, the Kiwis have become the numero uno Test team in the latest ICC rankings gaining 60 Test Championship Points after the conclusion of all three tests that started off on Boxing Day- Ind vs Aus; SA vs SL & NZ vs PAK.
Following the feat, an ecstatic Williamson said, “That’s great (being the No. 1 Test team). It’s a game of small margins. It could have gone either way in the last session. It’s great to come away with a Test win against a great team like Pakistan. There’s so much that goes into to manufacture a result. It’s moment by moment for five days and hence there’s so much enjoyment to play this game. There was always that chance (Pak win).They did get on track, there was that chance. That opportunity of the Test Championship meant that you may lose a game in trying to win it. You’d rather give yourself a chance to get across the line which we did and it did go our way. There were still three results possible in the final session.”
ICC Test Rankings –
1) New Zealand
ICC World Test Championship Race : How New Zealand win over Pakistan change the status of ICC World Test Championship Table ?
First of all for the clarity of cricket fans, ICC Test Rankings is different from the ICC World Test Championship Race. In the ICC World Test Championship table New Zealand despite of win over Pakistan stays in No.3 with India on No.2 and Australia at the top.
ICC World Test Championship Race: How can India qualify for WTC Finals ? Ajinkya Rahane-led India turned the tables on Australia to win the Boxing Day Test by 8 wickets and level the Border Gavaskar series 1-1 at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday. With the win India earned 30 points in ICC World Test Championship but owing to the recently introduced the Percentage of Points or PCT system, they are currently ranked 2nd below leader Australia.
Australia lead the points table with 76.6 % (Percentage of points or PCT) while India are second with 72.2% following their victory in the second Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
New Zealand, meanwhile, cemented their position at third and moved a bit closer to India with 66.7% after their win in the first Test against Pakistan on Wednesday.