WTC Points Table: South Africa slip to 2nd after defeat to England, Australia reclaim top spot
WTC Points Table: England registered a win by an innings and 85 runs to draw level in the series and pull South Africa down from the top of the ICC World Test Championship standings.
England make early inroads
The England bowlers were accurate right away and barely ever let South Africa any loose deliveries to take advantage of. Dean Elgar eventually succumbed to the constant pressure when James Anderson’s peach of a delivery uprooted his off-stump.
Sarel Erwee returned to the pavilion after his captain, and Ben Foakes was given the edge by Ollie Robinson.
In order to prevent South Africa from losing any more wickets in the morning session, Rassie van der Dussen and Keegan Petersen batted cautiously after that.
Petersen, van der Dussen hold fort
South Africa’s promising stand after the break halted England’s onslaught. As England continued to chase down wickets until the tea break, Petersen and van der Dussen put up 87 runs for the fourth wicket.
After tea, Player of the Match Ben Stokes returned to take two quick wickets, dismissing van der Dussen and Petersen in quick succession to flip the game decisively in England’s favour. The partnership had given South Africa a glimpse of hope.
Anderson goes past McGrath
By dismissing Simon Harmer, Anderson surpassed Glenn McGrath as the fast bowler with the most international wickets, adding another feather to his crown. It was Anderson’s 950th wicket in a match, a total he would later surpass by one to help England win the match by an innings.
Only Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan, who both have over 1000 scalps, stand between Anderson and matching Anil Kumble’s total of wickets.
England won their sixth match in the ICC World Test Championship thanks to Anderson, who concluded the Test with six wickets.
South Africa drop to No.2 in WTC points table
After their victory at Lord’s, South Africa had solidified their place atop the WTC standings. But a loss by an innings here has dropped their win percentage to 66.67%, which is below Australia’s 70%.
Sri Lanka is now in third place with 53.33%. Vut South Africa will look to win the next Test to put themselves on track to compete in the ICC World Test Championship final in England the next year.