New Zealand First Team to Qualify For World Test Championship Final After Australia Postpone Tour of South Africa

Written by Vishwas Gupta

New Zealand will be playing yet another final at the Lord’s, securing a top-two finish in the ongoing World Test Championship 2021 after Australia’s tour of South Africa was postponed owing to the second wave of Covid-19 gripping the Rainbow nation. New Zealand are currently placed second in the standings with 70 percent of points earned and 420 points, behind India who will be playing England in a four-match Test series starting February 5.

For New Zealand to make the final they needed no more than one other team to finish with more than 70.0% of points earned.

Australia, who are placed third, had the opportunity to stake a claim for the spot in the final of the inaugural WTC, if they could register wins in at least two Tests of the three-match series against South Africa and avoid any losses, thus pushing NZ down the standings. However, with the series postponed current regulations dictate that matches not completed shall be treated as a draw with points split. With 69.2 percentage of points earned and 332 points, Australia’s percentage after the splitting of points will go down further. South Africa, on the other hand, after a loss to Pakistan in the 1st Test at Karachi and coupled with England’s 2-0 win against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka, are out of the race to make it to the WTC final; so is Pakistan.

Now, the race for the second spot in the final is between India and England and India have a slight edge on the percentage of points earned which will be the determining factor.

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