India’s emphatic win at Lords has put them at the top position in the World Test Championship (WTC) table for the 2021-23 cycle. The Virat Kohli-led side has 14 points after one draw and a win in the two matches they have played. Their Percentage of Points (PCT) is 58.33. Meanwhile, West Indies and Pakistan have also moved up in the table after winning one game apiece in the two-match series. Both teams are following India at second place with 12 points. West Indies picked up a 1 wicket win in the first Test while Pakistan levelled the series with a dominating win in the final game.
Meanwhile, hosts England are placed third with two points, courtesy of a draw in Trent Bridge. Other teams have not played a game yet in the WTC cycle. With three matches still to go in the ongoing five-match series, India will be keen to further solidify their position in the points table. England, on the other hand, will be looking to pick up few wins as well. If they fail to do so, their WTC campaign will be in jeopardy as they have few stiffer tours coming up ahead.
The third Test between England and India gets underway today in Headingley. India skipper Virat Kohli has hinted at going in with the same combination. England, meanwhile, are likely to make few changes, some forced while others in a desperate attempt to fix their batting woes. Mark Wood has been ruled out due to injury and will be replaced by Craig Overton or Saqib Mahmood. Dawid Malan is also expected to play in place of Dom Sibley.