Australia beat Pakistan: Decoding the World Test Championship table
Australia scripted history by beating Pakistan 1-0 in the 3-match Test series on March 25 (Friday). Setting a target of 351, the visitors scripted a 115-run win at the Gaddafi Stadium. Australia had toured Pakistan after 24 years. This was their third series win in this nation. Meanwhile, Pakistan currently occupy the fourth spot in the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23 table.
Batting first, Australia racked up 391 runs in the first innings. Usman Khawaja (91) and Cameron Green (79) did well. Pakistan could aggregate only 268. Abdullah Shafique (81) and Azhar Ali (78) scored the bulk of runs. Cummins wrapped up with five wickets. Australia then declared on 227/3, with Khawaja notching 104*. Lyon then picked a five-for to bundle out Pakistan on 235.
The Pakistan cricket team has been involved in three Test series so far in the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23. So far, they have mustered three wins, two losses, and as many draws. They leveled 1-1 against West Indies, then trumped Bangladesh with a 2-0 win. With a 1-0 loss to Australia, they have a total of 44 points and 52.38 points percentage.
Australia are currently atop the standings with 75% PCT. This was their second series in the ongoing WTC cycle. They have garnered 72 points through five wins and three draws. They are yet to lose a Test in WTC 2021-23. South Africa trail at the second spot with 36 points and 60% PCT. They beat India 2-1 then leveled 1-1 against NZ.
Sri Lanka are at the fifth spot, with two wins and as many losses from the two Test series. They have accumulated 24 points and a PCT of 50.00. New Zealand last drew 1-1 to SA and so far, they have mustered 28 points and 38.88% PCT. They have two wins, three losses, and a draw to their name.
Bangladesh have been involved in two series in this WTC cycle. They were handed a 2-0 drubbing by SL. However, they managed to create history on the tour of New Zealand, winning the first Test by eight wickets. The series ended up as a draw with a score of 1-1. They are seated seventh, with 12 points and a PCT OF 25.00%.
West Indies have played six Tests in ongoing WTC, with 18 points and PCT of 25.00. They are playing a 3-match series against England, with draws in the first two Tests. Meanwhile, England have lost six Tests and drawn four. Their solitary win was against India, during the five-match series at home. They have 18 points to show and a PCT of 13.63.