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How will the result of Brisbane Test affect the ICC World Test Championship standings?

Brisbane World Test Championship
by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

The result of the Australia-India Brisbane Test won’t just decide who gets to keep the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, but will also see key movements in the top three of the ICC World Test Championship.

A win would see India take the series 2-1, but even a draw in the Brisbane will ensure that they get to retain the trophy, having won it the last time. Australia, on the other hand, need to push for an outright victory to claim the series and the trophy.

The result of the game will also see movement in the WTC standings. The final PCT (Percentage of Points) tally for the teams will determine their position in the Championship table, and will eventually decide who qualifies for the first-ever World Test Championship final in June 2021.

Currently (before the fourth Test), Australia (PCT 73.8 per cent) and India (PCT 70.2 per cent) occupy the first two spots of the ICC World Test Championship, with New Zealand (PCT 70.0) sitting at the third spot.

If Australia win the Brisbane Test

Australia 75.4

New Zealand 70.0

India 66.7

A win in Brisbane will not only seal the series for the home team, but will also see them add 30 points to their existing tally of 332, taking their PCT to 75.4 per cent. India would slip down to No.3 with 400 points at a win percentage of 66.7, and New Zealand will move to second place.

If India win the Brisbane Test

India 71.6

New Zealand 70.0

Australia 69.2

A series win over Australia in Brisbane will see India reclaim the top spot in the World Test Championship, giving them a PCT of 71.6 that will see them edge past Australia. New Zealand will also move one place up to second, with Australia’s PCT slipping down to 69.2.

If the Brisbane Test is drawn

Australia 71.3

New Zealand 70.0

India 68.3

A draw in Brisbane will still see India retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy, but they will slip to third place on the World Test Championship table, with New Zealand moving to the second spot, and Australia staying on top.

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