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England jump to No.1 in WTC standings

England have kept their hopes for Lord’s 2021 final alive after a dominating win over India in Chennai.

England take 1-0 lead in four-Test series. ©BCCI


The first Test went to the visitors by 227 runs, thanks to Joe Root’s double hundred in the first innings that led England to 578.

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On day five, James Anderson’s morning session burst helped England bowl India out for 192 after setting a high target of 420 runs.

The win gives England 30 points in the first of four-match series. England are currently on 70.2% points (442 from 630), which puts them over New Zealand (70.0%).

India have slid down to No.4 with 68.3% points, below Australia (69.2%). If India are to book a place in the World Test Championship final, they must win the series by 3-1 or 2-1. That will require a similar effort like they had done in Australia.

Before this match, England were at four while India were topping the table.

England will now need another two more wins to earn a home final. Any result of 3-1, 3-0 or 4-0 will do the job for them.

Australia are still in contentions despite postponement of South Africa tour. They will need arch-rivals England to win by 2-1 or 2-0 over India. A drawn series (1-1 or 2-2) will also see Aussies through.

New Zealand are already through to the final as only one team can get a higher percentage points than them. The final is set to commence on June 18.

England’s last month’s tour of Sri Lanka opened up doors of opportunities. Root’s men gained 120 points from the 2-0 series win.

ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 table (after IND-ENG 1st Test): 

England – 70.2%
New Zealand – 70.0%
Australia – 69.2%
India – 68.3%
Pakistan – 43.3%
South Africa – 30.0%
West Indies – 23.8%
Sri Lanka – 16.7%
Bangladesh – 0.0%

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