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ICC World Test Championship: COVID-19 pushes Australia to top, India to 2nd spot

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Australia climbed to the highest and pushed India to the second spot within the World Test Championship (WTC) after the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday effected adjustments to the WTC guidelines after a number of sequence couldn’t be performed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

Changes to the foundations have been made to find out the 9 groups’ standings on the factors desk.

Although India (360 factors) nonetheless have 64 extra factors than Australia (296) and extra sequence wins, the Aussies have gone atop after the ICC Board permitted that the matches performed and the matches misplaced will not be handled as drawn and factors can be cut up. Australia now have 0.822 share factors, which propelled them to the No.1 spot, whereas India have 0.750.

The adjustments have been really useful by the Anil Kumble-headed ICC Cricket Committee.

England are on the third place with 0.608 share factors, New Zealand fourth with 0.500, and Pakistan fifth with 0.395.

India will lock horns with Australia in a four-match Test sequence in Australia beginning December 17 in Adelaide. The results of this sequence might change the league standings.

“The unprecedented disruption caused by Covid-19 means, to date, just under half of the WTC matches have been played, with that estimated to rise to more than 85 per cent by the end of the competition window. Current regulations dictate that matches not completed shall be treated as a draw with points split. The Cricket Committee considered maintaining that status quo or determining the final WTC League standings from matches played,” stated an ICC press assertion on Thursday.

“The Cricket Committee recommended the latter option, which was approved by the Chief Executives Committee and ratified by the Board, meaning teams will be ranked in order of percentage of points earned,” it stated.

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