England washed away the Proteas back-to-back in their home ground, the second test by an innings and 85 runs, and the third test by 9 wickets. With two straight failures South Africa has now dropped their PCT. Presently, with 60 PCT (percentage of points) the Proteas maintain the second position on the points table in ICC World Test Championship 2021-2023.
South Africa initiated the Basil D’Oliveira Trophy with a great win, having a lead against England they were left with an advantage. After being brutally crushed by the host team in straight two test matches SA has repressed its possibilities of making it to the WTC finals. With the defeat against England, the Proteas have lost 15 points, going down to 60 from a PCT of 75.
Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has high hopes from African side for the final test at The Oval but they failed to perform. “I know Mark Boucher will be asking his players to put in one last big shift. He’ll be rallying his troops,” Pietersen quoted as saying on Betway Satta Matka.
While South Africa still carry the second position in the chart, their probabilities of making it to the finals rely on several factors; one of them is confirming triumph over Australia at the end of this year and also against West Indies at the beginning of next year. Somehow South Africa’s downfall has presented opportunities for both Sri Lanka and India, who own third and fourth positions with the following PCT of 53.33 and 52.08.
In December, India will be facing Bangladesh for the Ganguly Durjoy trophy and later in March Sri Lanka will confront New Zealand. Having 84 points and 70% PCT Australia is almost on the road to making its way into the finals. However, Australia’s position will be guaranteed once they win against India or draw the series.
If we look at the Proteas the journey to the finals does not look easy, their test series against Australia becomes very crucial at this point. Compared to Australia, SA’s series with the Windies at The Sir Vivian Richards Trophy might be easier because it is a home series. These remaining two test series, one away and one at home, will determine the place in the finals for the Protea battalion.
For Sri Lanka, only one series remains which if they win will give them a total of 61%. The likelihood of Sri Lanka arriving in the finals looks poor but not nonexistent. Another possible competitor, India, will travel to Bangladesh later to take on Australia on their home ground. The statistics tell us India’s record against Australia on the home ground looks cheerful, so there’s hope for India too.
Besides these four teams, Pakistan keeps a very thin chance of making its way into the finals if miraculously they win the remaining all five matches, three against England and the other two against New Zealand. Pakistan will be playing against both teams on their home soil. While England is at the peak of their form after securing triumphs over New Zealand and South Africa, holding the seventh position with 38.60 PCT the English men have little to no chances of going to the WTC final.