Australia and India have retained their top two spots in the ICC World Test Championship points table. This happened after the two teams played out a draw at the SCG on Monday. Though India have more points than Australia they are placed at number two with 400 points. While Australia with 332 points tops the table on percentage. The series is still level at 1-1 with the Brisbane Test to be played from January 15.
Through a tweet, the ICC informed about the two teams maintaining their positions at the top of the table. “An incredible battle in Sydney has helped both teams retain the top two spots in the ICC World Test Championship standings. A difference of 0.2 percent between India and New Zealand,” tweeted ICC.
Updated World Test Championship Points Table
An incredible battle in Sydney has helped both teams retain the top two spots in the ICC World Test Championship standings.
— ICC (@ICC) January 11, 2021
New Zealand had gained the maximum of 120 points from the two-Test series against Pakistan, taking their points tally to 420 out of a possible 600 after having also beaten West Indies and India by the same margin in their two previous series.
Meanwhile, India came back from behind to win the SCG Test match. They were bowled out for 244 in response to Australia’s 338 in their first innings.
In the second innings, they batted for 131 overs scoring 334/5. Rishabh Pant (97) and Cheteshwar Pujara (77) added a 148-run stand to give India a sniff of a win, However, Australia bounced back taking the wickets of Pant and Pujara in quick succession. Ravichandran Ashwin (39*) and Hanuma Vihari (23*) then added 62* of 259 balls to help India salvage a draw in the third Test.
Speaking about the playing out a draw after being behind in the Test match, skipper Ajinkya Rahane said that the aim was to play positive cricket and show a lot of character in trying to seek a win.
“Our talk coming this morning was to show character and fight till the end. Not to think about the result. Really happy with the way we fought especially today but also throughout the game, even in the first innings when Australia were 200 for 2 and getting them all out for 338 was really good” said Rahane.