India Still at Top of World Test Championship Points Table as Ashes 2019 ends as Tied
India continues to maintain its Top position at the World Test Championship after England and Australia tied the Ashes 2019, for the first time in 47 years. With Australia and England two tests each and a draw, both teams exit the series with 56 points each and rank fourth and fifth in the World Test Championship points count.
Australia won the first match of the series in Birmingham by 251 runs before both teams played a tie at Lord’s. England claimed the third match in Leeds after they were knocked down by 67 in the first innings, eventually reviewing a target of 359 in the back of Ben Stokes’ unique innings. However, Australia returned the favour in the fourth game at Old Trafford with a 185-stroke victory.
That victory ensured that Australia retained the ashes urn and left England desperate to win the Final Ashes Test at the Oval to at least draw the series, which they did by beating Australia by 135-runs.
For each win in the five-game series, the teams pocketed 24 points, while a draw earned them eight points.
Previously, after their 2-0 series victory in the West Indies, India, the world’s top test team, they placed on top of the ICC Test Championship with 120 points, followed by New Zealand at No. 2 and Sri Lanka at 3.
New Zealand and Sri Lanka played a 1–1 draw in a two-match series last month and won 60 points each for their efforts.
This is what the ICC World Test Championship points table looks like as of September 16, 2019
The West Indies remain the only team to get no point on the board with two losses to India, while the other three teams: South Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh have not yet played an ICC Test Championship match. Bangladesh’s one-time test against Afghanistan was not part of this tournament.