Pakistan, India the lead the way in WTC25 standings after Ashes sanctions
After England and Australia were punished at the end of the Ashes, the gap at the top of the ICC World Test Championship standings got even bigger.
England lost 19 points and Australia lost 10 points in the WTC25 standings because of slow over-rates throughout the race.
So, Asian neighbours Pakistan and India are at the top of the standings. They haven't lost yet in WTC25, so they are definitely in the top two spots.
Pakistan's first game of the 2023-25 season was a clean sweep against Sri Lanka, which gave them a score of 100 out of 100 points. After a close first Test, Babar Azam's team overwhelmed the hosts in the second Test by beating them by an innings.
India is right behind them in second place with 66.66%. In their series against West Indies, India won one match and tied one. India set the tone by winning the first Test by a huge margin, but rain ruined their dreams of a clean sweep in the second Test, which ended in a tie.
Both England and Australia had 26 points and a point percentage of 43.33 before the penalties. After the penalties, Australia's score went down to 30% and England's score went down to 15%, which put them below the West Indies score of 16.67%.
Sri Lanka is in last place with 0 points because they lost 2-0 at home. Bangladesh, New Zealand, and South Africa have yet to start their World Test Championship campaigns for this year.
Australia lost the top spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Men's Test Rankings after England came back from being down 2-0 to tie the Ashes at 2-2. India is in first place with 118.4 points, while Australia is in second with 117.8 points. Both teams have 118 points.
England is getting closer to being in first place now that they have 115 points after getting one point from the tied game.