WTC Table: India Takes the Lead After Australia's Victory Over New Zealand

Get the latest update on the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) table as India takes the lead after Australia's victory over New Zealand. Stay informed and up-to-date on the current standings.

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In a significant turn of events, the Indian cricket team has surged to the top of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) standings. This remarkable feat comes after Australia's resounding 172-run victory over New Zealand in the opening Test match in Wellington. With this win, India dethrones New Zealand from their previous position at the summit of the WTC table. 


Australia's Triumph over New Zealand

The first Test between Australia and New Zealand witnessed some scintillating cricket. Australia's middle-order batsman, Cameron Green, played a sensational unbeaten knock of 174 runs, guiding his team to a total of 383 runs in the first innings. New Zealand's Matt Henry shone with the ball, claiming a five-wicket haul. In response, Nathan Lyon, the Australian off-spinner, wreaked havoc, taking four wickets and restricting the Kiwis to a mere 179 runs. Glenn Phillips' valiant knock of 71 runs provided some resistance for New Zealand. However, Australia's second innings saw Phillips turn the tables, as he took his maiden Test five-wicket haul to dismiss the Aussies for 164 runs. Chasing a target of 369 runs, New Zealand faltered and were bundled out for 196 runs, with Lyon scalping six wickets.

India Claims the Top Spot


With New Zealand's defeat, India has climbed to the pinnacle of the WTC table. The Indian cricket team has been in exceptional form, winning five out of their eight matches in the ongoing 2023-25 WTC cycle. Their impressive performance has earned them a total of 62 points and a points percentage of 64.58. Notably, India had slipped to fifth place after losing the first Test of the series against England. However, a remarkable comeback with three consecutive victories has propelled them to the top of the standings.

New Zealand Slips to Second Place

New Zealand, previously leading the WTC table, now finds themselves in second place after Australia's triumph. Despite their recent loss, the Kiwis have accumulated 36 points and maintain a respectable points percentage of 60%. Out of the five matches they have played in the current cycle, New Zealand has emerged victorious in three and suffered two defeats. Their previous series against Bangladesh ended in a 1-1 draw.


Australia Holds Firm at Third Position

Following their emphatic win against New Zealand, Australia has retained their third position in the WTC standings. With seven wins and three losses in 11 Test matches, the Australian cricket team has accumulated 78 points and maintains a points percentage of 59.09%. Their previous series against Pakistan resulted in a comprehensive 3-0 victory.

The Standings of Other Teams


England's Struggles

England's performance in the WTC has been underwhelming. After losing the Visakhapatnam Test against India, they slipped to seventh place in the standings. Subsequently, another defeat in Rajkot pushed them further down to eighth place. Out of the eight Tests played in this cycle, England has managed to secure only one victory, accumulating a mere 21 points and a points percentage of 19.44%. Their Ashes series against Australia ended in a 2-2 draw.

Pakistan and West Indies


Pakistan currently occupies the fifth position in the standings with 22 points and a points percentage of 36.66%. They have clinched two wins and suffered three defeats so far. On the other hand, the West Indies team finds themselves in sixth place. With one win, two defeats, and a draw in this cycle, they have accumulated 16 points and a points percentage of 33.33%. The West Indies' tied series against Australia in Brisbane contributed to their improved points percentage.

Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and South Africa

Bangladesh holds the fourth place in the WTC standings, having accumulated 12 points and a points percentage of 50%. They have registered one win and suffered a defeat in their two matches. Sri Lanka, unfortunately, finds themselves at the bottom of the table after losing both their Tests in this cycle. South Africa, in seventh place, has won just one out of their four Tests, amassing 12 points and a points percentage of 25%.


Points System in the WTC

The ICC World Test Championship standings are determined by the percentage of points earned by each team. A win in a Test match awards the team 12 points, while a draw earns them four points. In the case of a tie, both teams receive six points. No points are deducted for a loss. Additionally, teams can face point deductions for maintaining a slow over-rate.


India's ascent to the top of the WTC table following Australia's triumph over New Zealand reflects their outstanding performance in the ongoing cycle. The battle for supremacy in the WTC promises to be fiercely contested as teams strive to secure their place in the final. With several matches still to be played, cricket fans around the world eagerly anticipate the thrilling encounters that lie ahead.

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