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WTC final can be held between India and Australia again: Team India reached the top in the points table, benefited from the defeat of New Zealand


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The 2023 WTC final was also held between India and Australia.

The final of the ICC tournament can be seen once again between India and Australia. After the defeat in the Wellington Test against Australia, New Zealand came to number-2 in the points table of the World Test Championship (WTC). With this, Team India came at number one. Australia is at number three.

India now has to play 2 series at home, where the team has not lost any series in the last 12 years. On the other hand, Australia did not face defeat in New Zealand for 31 years. After this, the Kangaroos have to play India and Sri Lanka, if they win even one series the team will reach the finals.

If the future matches continue like this, then the WTC final will be between Australia and India. The match is to be held in June 2025. Before knowing all the scenarios, let us understand the points table…

India benefited from New Zealand's defeat
A 2-Test series is being played between Australia and New Zealand in New Zealand. Australia won the first match in Wellington, with this New Zealand slipped from first to second position. The team has got 60.00% points, India is at first place with 64.58% points.

Australia is at third place with 59.09% points. The team can reach number-2 by winning the last match of the series against New Zealand.

More than 65% marks required for final
In 2021, ICC organized the WTC final for the first time. Then New Zealand with 70.00% points and Team India with 72.2% points had made it to the finals. Whereas in 2023, the final was held between Australia with 66.67% points and Team India with 58.80% points.

This time also only two teams will be able to score more than 65% points at the end of the series. In the current situation, India and Australia seem to be reaching this point, so there are more chances of a final between these two.

India will play New Zealand and Bangladesh at home
Team India is currently playing its first home Test series against England in the ongoing WTC. The team is ahead 3-1 in the 5 test series. By winning the last match, the team can strengthen its position at the top with 68.52% points.

Team India won 2 out of 4 Tests abroad against West Indies and South Africa, while lost only one match and played a draw in one match. India now has to play a 3-Test series against New Zealand and 2 against Bangladesh at home. Team India, which has won the last 17 series at home, is expected to win these 2 series also.

If India wins both the series at home, then the team can remain on top even after losing the 5-Test series against Australia at the end of the year. However, India has not lost any Test series against Australia for 10 years. The team has defeated the Kangaroos twice at home and also twice at home.

India will have to defeat Bangladesh and New Zealand at home to reach the WTC final.

India will have to defeat Bangladesh and New Zealand at home to reach the WTC final.

Australia has to face Sri Lanka and India
Australia is currently playing its fourth series in the WTC. The team played a 2-2 draw in the 5-Test series against England abroad. While defeating Pakistan and West Indies at home. Now after defeating New Zealand also, the team won 7 out of 11 matches. The team will reach number one with 62.5% points by winning the last match against New Zealand.

Australia now has to play 5 Test series against India at home and 2 Test series against Sri Lanka abroad. Australia has won 5 out of 8 series in Sri Lanka, the team last lost in 2016, so the Kangaroo team is the only contender for victory. Also, the team looks stronger this time against India. Even after winning 4 out of the last 7 tests, the team will finish in the top-2.

Australia can also make it to the WTC final by winning one of its remaining 2 series.

Australia can also make it to the WTC final by winning one of its remaining 2 series.

New Zealand's path is difficult
The path of the New Zealand team, which won the first WTC title, to reach the final has now become difficult. The team can reach the top with 66.66% points by winning the last match against Australia. But Australia's last Test defeat in New Zealand was 31 years ago in 1993. In such a situation, New Zealand's problems seem to be increasing.

New Zealand now has to play a 3-Test series at home against England. But England has won 10 out of 21 Test series in New Zealand. While New Zealand won only 3, the remaining 8 series were drawn.

New Zealand will have to win against Australia, England and India to reach the WTC final.

New Zealand will have to win against Australia, England and India to reach the WTC final.

One win in WTC gives 12 points
The World Test Championship started in 2019. The top-9 test playing teams play 6 test series for 2 years. 3 at home and 3 at the opposition team's home. The final is played between the top 2 teams scoring the highest percentage points in the 6 test series.

The first final was held in 2021 and the second final in 2023. Now the third final will be held in 2025. Like the first two finals, the third title match will also be held in England.

One win in WTC gives 12 points. In case of a tie, both the teams are given 6-6 points and in case of a draw, 4-4 points are given, whereas in case of loss, no points are given.

Australia is defending champion, New Zealand won the first title
Team India has made it to both the WTC finals so far but had to face defeat both times. In 2021, New Zealand won the final by 8 wickets. Whereas in 2023, Australia won the final by 209 runs. Now in June 2025, the WTC final can once again be held between Australia and India.

Australia won the WTC title by defeating India in 2023.

Australia won the WTC title by defeating India in 2023.

It is still difficult for host England to play the final
It is difficult for England, the host of the WTC final, to reach the title match this time too. The team is playing the second series of its WTC cycle against India. The last series against Australia was a 2-2 draw. Whereas against India the team is lagging 1-3. If the last match is lost, the team will lose 17.5% points and the team will remain at number 8.

England now has to play 2 series at home against West Indies and Sri Lanka. Whereas 2 series abroad will be against Pakistan and New Zealand. To reach the final the team will have to win all four series.

England will have to win the last four series to reach the WTC final.

England will have to win the last four series to reach the WTC final.

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