Can India still qualify for WTC 2021-23 final after South Africa beat England in first Test

WTC 2021-23: South Africa’s win against England on Friday comes as a blow to India’s bid for a spot in the World Test Championship final.

India captain Rohit Sharma celebrates a wicket with fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah.

India captain Rohit Sharma celebrates a wicket with fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah. | Photo Credit: PTI

WTC 2021-23: South Africa’s win against England on Friday comes as a blow to India’s bid for a spot in the World Test Championship final.

South Africa consolidated its top spot on the World Test Championship (WTC) points table after beating England by an innings and 12 runs in the first Test at Lord’s on Friday.

South Africa registered its sixth win in eight matches, to sit at the top with a PCT of 75 while Australia is a rung below with PCT of 70. Sri Lanka is a distant third with 53.33, followed by India in the fourth position with 52.08.

The win comes as a blow to India’s bid for a spot in the WTC final as even if it wins all of its six remaining matches, it will manage a PCT of 68.05. With South Africa left with a total seven matches to play, including two in the ongoing series against England, it can manage a PCT of up to 86.66, while winning five matches of its seven (PCT 73.33) will still keep it ahead of India.

Meanwhile, Australia, second on the table, can stretch its PCT to a maximum of 84.21 if it wins all of its remaining nine matches and will still still be ahead of India by winning six of them, with a PCT of 68.42.

Sri Lanka has just four matches remaining in this WTC cycle, and victory in all four will see its PCT rise to 66.66, behind India’s maximum possible PCT of 68.05.

TeamMWLTDN/RPTPCT
South Africa8620007275
Australia10610308470
Sri Lanka 10540106453.33
India 12640207552.08
Pakistan9430205651.85

Against this backdrop, India’s four-match series against Australia at home later this year assumes greater significance. Australia and South Africa will lock horns in a three-match series Down Under in 2022 which will also be crucial for India.

South Africa WTC 2021-23 fixtures

  • ⦿ vs England - 2 Tests - Away
  • ⦿ vs West Indies - 2 Tests - Home
  • ⦿ vs Australia - 3 Tests - Away

Australia WTC 2021-23 fixtures

  • ⦿ vs India - 4 Tests - Away
  • ⦿ vs West Indies - 2 Tests - Home
  • ⦿ vs South Africa - 3 Tests - Home

India WTC 2021-23 fixtures

  • ⦿ vs Australia - 4 Tests - Home
  • ⦿ vs Bangladesh - 2 Tests - Away

Sri Lanka WTC 2021-23 fixtures

  • ⦿ vs West Indies - 2 Tests - Home
  • ⦿ vs New Zealand - 2 Tests - Away
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