The Ashes: England loses 2/3rds of WTC points 

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Due to their constant sluggish over rates, England has lost two-thirds of the World Test Championship points they had gained throughout the Ashes.

Ben Stokes’ team only managed two victories and a tie in the five Test matches because they failed to bowl at the requisite rate in four of them. 

Due to a sluggish over rate in the fourth Test, Australia also lost 10 points. Additionally, players from England and Australia have been punished with 5% of their match fee for each goal realised.

Each under that a team is short of costs them a point. At Edgbaston, England lost two points for two missed overs; at the Lord’s Test, nine; at Old Trafford, three; and at The Oval, five.

The Test Championship’s third season has just started, and a 2025 final is scheduled to take place. The early rankings have England in fifth place, with Australia in third and Pakistan in first place following their series victory over Sri Lanka.

Throughout a two-year cycle, teams gather points from each Test they play, with the top two teams meeting in a single game to determine the Championship. So far, Australia defeated India at The Oval in June to win the 2021–23 championship by a score of 209 runs.

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