World Test Championship: How India, England or Australia can qualify for final to beat New Zealand

ICC World Test Championship Final: New Zealand on Tuesday became the first team to qualify. India, Australia and England are still in contention for a place in the WTC final.

Joe Root and Virat Kohli will lead their respective sides in a four-match Test series.   -  Getty Images

With Australia’s Test tour of South Africa being postponed due to health concerns, New Zealand on Tuesday became the first team to qualify for the World Test Championship (WTC) final at Lord's later this year. Meanwhile, India, Australia and England are still in contention for a place in the WTC final. Here's what they need to do.

New Zealand qualifies for World Test Championship final  

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For India to qualify for WTC final, they need to beat England in the four-match Test series - starting in Chennai from February 5 - by any of the below mentioned margins:

IND 4-0 ENG

IND 3-0 ENG

IND 3-1 ENG

IND 2-0 ENG

IND 2-1 ENG

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For England to qualify for WTC final, they need to beat India by any of the below mentioned margins:

ENG 4-0 IND

ENG 3-0 IND

ENG 3-1 IND

Any result other than the ones mentioned would see New Zealand playing Australia. However, the fact it had lost four WTC points for slow over-rate at MCG against India, makes it difficult for Tim Paine's men to qualify.