Updated ICC World Test Championship points table after England beat New Zealand to take an unassailable lead

England beat New Zealand in a high-scoring thriller, by five wickets, to win the second and penultimate Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Tuesday (14 June). With the victory, the Ben Stokes-led England side also took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game series, with the final Test set to be held at Headingley, Leeds.

Speaking of the second Test, Stokes & Co. opted to play first and were off on a leather hunt as Darly Mitchell’s 190 and Tom Blundell’s 106 propelled the Kane Williamson-less Kiwis to 553 all-out. In response, centuries of Ollie Pope, Joe Root (176) and fifties of Alex Lees and Ben Foakes took England to 539. With a 14-point lead, the Black Caps posted 284 constituencies on half-centuries of Will Young, Devon Conway and Mitchell as visitors set the Stokes-led England side a competitive target of 299 runs from 72 overs. Here is the updated points table in the second round of the ICC World Test Championship after England’s win over New Zealand:

WTC points table

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Despite the victory, England were moored two points off the aggregate tally, being reduced to 23.8 from 25 points, for a slowing rate (being two overs short of target). The English side, however, will be delighted after a well-deserved series victory after a terrible run over the past few months.

The Stokes-Brendon McCullum era has started in style and England will now be hoping to inflict a serial smear on the current Test world champions.

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