Australia won World Test Championship Final: Claiming the Top 3 spots in the batting ranking

Australia won World Test Championship Final

On the fifth day of the competition, the Men in Blue were bowled out for 234 runs in their second innings while chasing a goal of 444 runs.

Australia won World Test Championship Final

Australia had now won the one major men’s cricket championship that had hitherto escaped them.

With four and three wickets, respectively, Nathan Lyon and Scott Boland were Australia’s main destroyers in the second innings.

Indian batters were given opportunities, but none of them were able to stay at the wicket for an extended amount of time. India’s top scorers were Rohit Sharma (43), Virat Kohli (49), and Ajinkya Rahane (46).

All cricket logic was against India when they resumed on 164-3, requiring a further 280 runs to make what would be a record-breaking total, with the highest total recorded by any team to win in the fourth innings in 146 years of Test history being the West Indies 418-7 against Australia at the end of the fourth innings in the first innings of the second innings of the first innings of the second innings of the first innings of the

Boland, on the other hand, claimed two wickets in three balls in the opening session of the last day, including the coveted scalp of star batsman Virat Kohli.

On 49, Kohli’s edged drive off a wide ball from Boland was wonderfully taken by Steve Smith, diving to his right at the second slip.

Ravindra Jadeja was caught behind on a spectacular delivery by Boland.

India lost their final seven wickets for a total of 70 runs, as Australia cruised to victory.

Australia won World Test Championship Final

Australia’s first-innings total was 469 (T Head 163, S Smith 121, Mohammed Siraj 4-108).

India 296 (A Rahane 89, S Thakur 51; P Cummins 3-83).

Australia: 270-8 Dec (A Carey 66 not out; R Jadeja 3-58)

India: 234 (N Lyon 4-41, S Boland 3-46) in the second innings.

Australia won World Test Championship Final

Australia won by a score of 209 runs.

Travis Head’s magnificent first-innings century in the World Test Championship Final has vaulted him to the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Batting Rankings.

Travis head moved three positions after scoring 163 in the first two days of the World Test Championship Final against India at The Oval, joining Marnus Labuschagne (1st) and Steve Smith (2nd) in the top three with an 884 rating. Usman Khawaja (9th, 777 rating points) brings the total number of Australians in the top ten to four.

Australia won World Test Championship Final

The last time three hitters from the same side topped the Test rankings was in December 1984, when the West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge (810), Clive Lloyd (787), and Larry Gomes (773) formed the top trio.

Head faced just 174 balls in his aggressive blitz, counter-attacking after Australia was stranded at 76/3 in the early parts of the second session, stepping out as No.1 batter Labuschagne left the pitch.

Head with Smith put on a great show, putting on a 285-run partnership to take the Australians ahead early on day two. It helped Australia in their winning cause, with Rohit Sharma’s team falling behind in run chase.

Alex Carey’s heroics (48 and 66*) were also rewarded with an 11-spot rise, propelling him to 36th place with 592 ranking points.

On the bowling front, the most notable shift came from Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who moved up two places to sixth in a tie with England-fast Ollie Robinson (777).

Lyon was given little opportunity to bowl in the first innings final after his quick-bowling teammates took control, but he took one wicket to take his team to a comfortable first-innings lead. In India’s second innings, the spinner came into his own, claiming 4/41, including the last scalp of Umesh Yadav, to help Australia win the game.

Australia won World Test Championship Final

Lower down the list Scott Boland’s stock has risen five places to 36th (534), four places ahead of Mohammed Siraj, who collected 4/108 and 1/80 in defeat.

Despite being taken out of India’s Final squad, Ravichandran Ashwin remains No. 1 (860).

There were no changes to the top 10 in the Test All-Rounder rankings, while Cameron Green moved up one position to 15th (178), with India’s Shardul Thakur moving up three spaces to 31st after demonstrating his abilities with both ball and bat throughout the Test.

Other than that, the ODI rankings witnessed only minimal changes following Afghanistan’s series with Sri Lanka and the UAE’s home series against the West Indies.

The only notable top-10 shift was Wanindu Hasaranga’s 3/7 in the last ODI against Afghanistan, which moved him over Dhananjaya de Silva into 9th place on the All-Rounder Rankings

Australia won World Test Championship Final

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