South Africa tops ICC World Test Championship standings

Members of the South African cricket team. /Cricket South Africa

South Africa now sits atop the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Test Championships standings as a result of Australia’s loss to Sri Lanka on Monday.

Australia, the former number one team, lost by an innings and 39 runs against Sri Lanka in the second and final test to leave the series drawn at 1-1.

Sri Lanka’s win against Australia at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle allowed South Africa to jump into first place in the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Test Championship. /AFP

South Africa now leads the table with a win-loss percentage of 71.43 percent, while Australia dropped to second with 70 percent after their first Test loss in the current cycle.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, leapfrogged Pakistan, India and West Indies into third place with a win-loss percentage of 54.17.

The current World Test Championship cycle began in August 2021 and runs until June next year, with the top two teams in the table competing for the overall title in the final.

South Africa is scheduled to play England with the first Test taking place between August 17-21 at Lord’s in London while Australia will host West Indies at the end of November.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be in action earlier than both of the top two and will have a chance to reduce the gap when they host a two-match Test series against Pakistan starting later this month.

(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)