NEW DELHI: India’s chances of securing second place in the World Trials Championship (WTC) and reach the final received a boost on Thursday when Australia beat South Africa by one set and 182 runs in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

Australia’s decisive victory at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, after humiliating the Proteas in two days to a six-wicket victory in Brisbane, cemented their position at the top of the Table WTCwhile pushing South Africa to fourth place.
With a winning percentage of 78.57%, the Australians are far ahead of second-placed India with 58.93%, followed by Sri Lanka (53.33%), which overtook third-placed South Africa. South as their winning percentage dropped to 50%. .

Pat Cummins-led Australia have five Tests left to play in the qualifying period for the current WTC cycle – the third and final Test against South Africa at home and a four-Test series on their tour of India in February-March next year. , which is crucial for Rohit Sharma & Co’s chances of qualifying for the summit clash.
India lost the first WTC Final to New Zealand.
India beat Bangladesh 2-0 in their last away Test series and will next host Sri Lanka and New Zealand, respectively, for back-to-back white-ball tours. This will be followed by the four-Test home series for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia.

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