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Australia slips to 2nd spot in WTC rankings after Galle debacle; South Africa emerges as new leader

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Galle: Sri Lanka overpowered Australia at Galle in the second Test by a convincing margin of an innings and 39 runs on Monday, and the hosts squared the series.

With this loss, the mighty Australians lost the top spot in the World Test Championship (WTC) rankings. 

The unexpected result has made a big change in the rankings tables. Sri Lanka moved on the third position.

South Africa is now the new leader in the latest standings of the WTC, with a win-loss percentage of 71.43 percent.

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According to the International Cricket Council, Australia has dropped a notch and is now ranked second with a win-loss record of 70%.

The Galle Test victory not only lifted the morale of the crisis-ridden country. It also helps to keep them ahead of Pakistan, India, and the West Indies. “

Despite playing some memorable cricket in Test matches in recent times, England is currently at number seven in the WTC points table.

Sri Lankan spinner Prabath Jayasuriya mesmerised the visitors in his debut Test, bagging 12 wickets. Dinesh Chandimal, the seasoned campaigner, stood like a rock, scoring a classical 206—his maiden Test double ton.

Cummins termed the loss a “reality check” for a team that easily surpassed the hosts inside three days in the opening Test of the series but was then bundled out on the fourth day of the second match.

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New Zealand lifted the inaugural World Test championship by beating India in the final at Southampton in 2021.

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