Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Spots for ICC World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23 are yet to be finalised. India’s four-match Test series against Australia, starting in Nagpur on 9 February, will play a key role in deciding the finalists for the mega event.

Currently, Australia are leading the WTC standings with a victory percentage of 75.56, followed by India (58.93), Sri Lanka (53.33) and South Africa (48.72).

With a healthy win percentage, Australia look set to qualify for the final, irrespective of the series result against India.

A 3-1, 3-0 or a 4-0 series victory against Australia would see India finish the current WTC cycle with a win percentage of over 60. The equation will help India set up a final clash against Australia. It means Sri Lanka will not be able to make the final even if they beat New Zealand 2-0 as the Lankans will only have a win percentage of 61.11.

Meanwhile, a 2-2 draw for India against Australia could put Sri Lanka in the final if they manage a clean sweep against the Kiwis.

India are currently favourites to reach the WTC final along with Australia. However, a slip-up from Rohit Sharma-led team could mean that they would have to depend on the outcome of the series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

On the other hand, South Africa have a tough task on their hand for reaching final. Even if the Proteas manage to blank West Indies 2-0, they will be able to have a win percentage of 55.55. It will not be enough for them to make it to the final.