The ICC World Test Championship points table was updated thanks to England’s terrific win over South Africa in four days in the third and final Test match which was being played at the Oval and also resulted in England winning the series 2-1.
England made an amazing comeback into the series after losing the first Test at Lord’s by an innings and 12 runs. They came back to win the second Test match in Manchester by an innings and 85 runs, making the third and final Test match a hugely interesting one. The match began on an ominous note as the first day was washed out due to rain and the second day of the Test match had to be suspended due to the demise of Queen Elizabeth II of England.
Finally, as the test match began on what was day three of the match, Dean Elgar and South Africa were asked to bat first after England captain Ben Stokes won the toss and chose to field. Ollie Robinson ran amok with the red ball, picking 5/49, while Stuart Broad went past Glenn McGrath’s record of most Test wickets by a pacer, picking 4/41.
South Africa folded for 118 with Marco Jansen top-scoring with 30 runs.
England Bounce Back Despite Marco Jansen’s Five-Wicket Haul; Win By 9 Wickets
South Africa then did their best to keep England to 158 with Ollie Pope making 67 and Marco Jansen taking 5/35 and Kagiso Rabada taking four wickets. This slender lead of 40 runs proved to be a vital one as South African batting struggled in the second innings as well.
They did much better than the first innings but could only manage 169 runs with Dean Elgar making 36 and Sarel Erwee and Keegan Petersen contributing as well. For England, Broad and Stokes picked three wickets each, while Anderson and Robinson took two apiece.
Set 130 runs to win, Zak Crawley took the attack to Proteas pacers and struck 69* in 57 balls with 12 fours, while Alex Lees made 39 and Pope made 11* as England won the match by 9 wickets and pocketed the series 2-1.
Here Is Updated ICC World Test Championship Points Table After England vs South Africa 3rd Test:
Despite this win, there was not much change in the positions of the two teams, but South Africa lost a few points and now has 60 PCT and 72 points while at the 2nd spot, while England has 38.6 PCT with 88 points and remains at 7th spot.