ICC Test Championship Table: England registered their second consecutive victory against West Indies at Old Trafford to win the series 2-1.
West Indies might have lost (1-2) the three-match Test series against England earlier today but have gained immense respect among the cricketing fraternity for willing to travel to England amidst a global pandemic.
With this series resuming international cricket post the COVID-19 break, one has to give it to West Indies for taking this brave step for their courage is highly likely to pave a way for others to play international cricket in the months to come.
Congratulations @windiescricket The entire cricketing world owes you big time for being prepared to play that series. 👏
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) July 28, 2020
Having started on an affirmative note, West Indies lost track of their strengths midway as losing two consecutive Test matches means that England have permanently acquired the Wisden Trophy which is set to renamed the next time these two sides meet.
Chasing a 399-run target on Day 5, West Indies batsmen put on display no resistance whatsoever as they got bundled out for 129 in 37.1 overs.
For England, Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad were among the wicket-takers with five and four scalps respectively. It was an even more special day for 34-year old Broad who became only the fourth fast bowler to pick 500 Test wickets.
ICC Test Championship Table
England (226), who were placed at the fourth position behind India (360), Australia (296) and New Zealand (180) in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship points table before this series began, have replaced New Zealand at the third position after receiving 80 points for their two victories at Old Trafford against West Indies.
Having played a maximum of 12 matches in the tournament so far, England need to continue collecting points for only the first two team on the points table will qualify for the next round, i.e., the final match.
After England’s 2-1 series win against West Indies, here’s how the World Test Championship table is looking 👇 pic.twitter.com/yzAVDgp6Ct
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 28, 2020
While Pakistan (140) and Sri Lanka (80) are at the fifth and sixth position respectively, South Africa and Bangladesh are at the bottom of the table on the back of 24 and no points to their name respectively. West Indies, meanwhile, continue to be at the seventh position with a lone victory in five outings.