What are the qualifications for India, England and Australia to secure the last spot in World Test Championships finals?. The question starts to spread like fire after New Zealand qualified to play the WTC finals.
After Australia postponed the tour of South Africa, NZ made their way to get part in finals of World Test Championships. As Australia left out with Test matches the spot for the opposition gets in heat between India, England and Australia.
How India can qualify for the World Test Championships finals?
Current PCT of India – 71.7%
Remaining matches: Four-Test home series against England.
Though India remains in the secured spot of the WTC points table still they need the following qualifications to eligible for the World Test Championships finals.
India needs to beat England by 2-1, 2-0, 3-1, 3-0 or 4-0.
To cement their place in the final, India will need to win their upcoming four-match home series against England by at least a two-match margin. If they lose one Test, then they will need to win three games (2-1, 2-0, 3-1, 3-0, or 4-0), whereas a 0-3 or 0-4 loss against England will wipe away their chances of making the final regardless of other results.
As of now, India leads the 4 match test series by 2-1 with the last match scheduled to begin on March 4th. The eligibility for the World Test Championship finals has been ended in favour of India after South Africa vs Australia tour postponed.
According to Sydney Morning Herald, India might still qualify for the World Test Championship’s final even if they lose the 4th Test match as the ICC is looking forward to the formal complaint of Cricket South Africa over Cricket Australia.
How England can qualify for World Test Championships finals?
Current PCT of England – 68.7%
Remaining matches: Four Tests in India.
England needs to beat India by 3-1, 3-0 or 4-0.
Fourth-placed England’s best chance of reaching the final is to win the four-match series against India by a 3-1, 3-0, or 4-0 margin. Any other results require a favourable combination of series results not featuring England.
How Australia can qualify for WTC finals?
Current PCT of Australia – 69.2%
Remaining matches: NIL
Though Australia lefct out with Test matches still they can make their way into the WTC finals. The Australia’s last chance depends on the India vs Australia test series. Following are the chances for Aussies to enter into the WTC finals.
- If India wins the series by 1-0.
- If England wins series by 1-0.
- If England draws series by 2-2.
- All 4 Tests between England and India results as a draw.
Australia slipped to third place with 69.2% points after their loss in the final Test against India in Brisbane. To secure a place in the final, Australia had to win at least two Tests out of three against South Africa and avoid any losses.
However, their qualification will no depend on how India vs England series pans out. If India manages to win the series 1-0, that will ensure Australia will sneak through. A 2-2, 1-1, 4 Tests draw in the series is also favourable for Australia. While in an England win, if the margin remains 1-0, 2-1, 2-0 in favour of England, Australia would still make it to the final