World Test Championship race (WTCThe 2021-23 final is heating up as teams have limited games left to book themselves. The highly anticipated match will be played next year at the Oval Stadium in London. Interestingly, the cycle will see new champions emerge as New Zealand remains out of the equation.
With Pakistan’s serial defeat England At home, Babar Azam’s side was also out of the equation to play in the final. The Men in Green lost the first two Test matches of the three-game series. The third and final Test match will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi from 17 December.
This means that for two points the race has four sides to capture. The four sides are Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and India. In particular, the Baggy Greens are front runners for place as they currently sit at the top of the WTC points table. They need at least three wins in 7 games.
South Africa, which is in second place with 72 points, need at least three wins in their remaining five games. They will play a three-game away series against Australia and two Tests at home against the West Indies. Next on the list is Sri Lanka, which is in trouble.
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Qualification scenarios for teams
The Lankans need to win their two-game Test series against New Zealand. Even that wouldn’t be enough as they would need other results to go their separate ways to get a chance. Finally, the Indian team, second in the last edition, will have to fight hard to compete again, this time in the cup.
The Men in Blue are currently 4th on the standings and have a two-game and four-game Test streak against Bangladesh and Australia, respectively. Unfortunately, they must win at least five of the remaining six games to qualify for the finals.
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The fight against Bangladesh will start on 14 December (Wednesday) at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Their final assignment in the current cycle will kick off against Australia in February-March next year. It will be interesting to see how Rohit Sharmaside is making their way.
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