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India moves to top of World Test Championship standings after Australia register thumping victory over New Zealand Australia
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India moves to top of World Test Championship standings after Australia register thumping victory over New Zealand

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 03 Mar 2024, 11:32 pm

The two-time finalists, India, have ascended to the pole position in the ICC World Test Championship standings as New Zealand slipped to No. 2 following their Wellington defeat to Australia.

Before the start of the Wellington Test, New Zealand were sitting at the top of the table with 36 points in four games and a points percentage of 75.

Following their massive 172-run defeat, the 2021 WTC champions lost the top spot, slipping to the No. 2 position with a points percentage of 60.

India, who were at No. 2 with 62 points in 8 matches, replaced them at the top with a stronger points percentage of 64.58.

Australia, meanwhile, further consolidated their No. 3 spot with a brilliant win over the Blackcaps, well scripted by their ace spinner Nathan Lyon’s six-wicket haul in the fourth inning on Day 4, according to an ICC media release.

The Aussies remain in the third position, gaining 12 crucial points with the win in Wellington, taking their points tally from 66 to 78.

Their point percentage has also increased from 55 to 59.09. The 2023 champions have the opportunity to surpass New Zealand and move up to the second spot if they win the second and final Test of the ongoing series against their Trans-Tasman rivals.

Australia can also climb to the top spot if England beat India in the Dharamsala Test, which starts on March 7.

The two teams will next meet in Christchurch, with the final test set to commence on March 8.

(With UNI inputs)

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