England beat India by 227 runs on Tuesday to jump to the top of the ICC World Test Championship standings. With 70.2 percentage points, Joe Root and Co. have improved their chances of securing one of the three series results in their favour that could see them through to the final – 3-1, 3-0 or 4-0.
New Zealand has already qualified for the final winning 70 per cent of its matches. With no other series scheduled for the Kiwis, India and Australia remain in contention for the other place alongside England.
India, which has slipped to fourth position with 68.3 percentage points, cannot afford another loss in the four-match series. It will be looking to win at least two of the remaining three matches to secure a 2-1 or 3-1 result and a place in the final.
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