ICC World Test Championship: India consolidate position at the top

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India has consolidated their position at the top of the ICC World Test Championship, reaching 360 points after completing a 2-0 series victory over Bangladesh.

India have yet to drop a point in the nine-team championship. They won 2-0 in the West Indies and beat South Africa 3-0 in a home series before completing their third series win in the day-night Kolkata Test.

Each series is worth 120 points with the points distributed evenly over the number of matches in a series. The points range from 60 points for each match of a two-Test series to 24 for each match of a five-Test series.

Australia are on 116 points after winning the first match of their ongoing Test series against Pakistan. Australia and England had earlier settled for 56 points each from their five-match Ashes series, which ended in a 2-2 draw, ICC has stated in a Press release.

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Sri Lanka and New Zealand are on 60 points each after drawing their two-match series 1-1. Pakistan are playing their first WTC series Down Under, while Bangladesh, West Indies and South Africa failed to get any points in their opening series.

The top two teams at the end of the league will play the final in the UK in June 2021 with the winners crowned the World Test Champions.

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In the nine-team race to become the first ICC World Test Champions, Pakistan, West Indies, Bangladesh and South Africa are yet to score their first points. At top of the table, India have opened such a wide gap that even second-placed Australia will need at least two outright series victories to come losers to India.

The next three in the order – New Zealand, Sri Lanka and England – will need at least three series without losing a match to close-in on India.

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