ICC World Test Championship
ICC World Test Championship

The 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship (WTC) is the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship of Test cricket. ICC had recently changed the world test championship points table system based on the percentage which is explained as follows.

Before that, It comes nearly a decade after the International Cricket Council (ICC) first approved the idea for a World Test Championship in 2010, and following two canceled attempts to hold the inaugural competition in 2013 and 2017.

It started on 1 August 2019 with the first Test of the 2019 Ashes series and will finish with a final at Lord’s in England in June 2021.

ICC World Test Championship Schedule (2019-2021)

Starting date Series name Teams No. of matches
1 Aug 2019 The Ashes England v Australia 5
14 Aug 2019 NZ tour of SL 2019 Sri Lanka v New Zealand 2
22 Aug 2019 IND tour of WI 2019 West Indies v India 2
02 Oct 2019 Freedom Trophy India v South Africa 3
14 Nov 2019 BAN tour of IND 2019 India v Bangladesh 2
21 Nov 2019 ENG tour of NZ 2019 New Zealand v England 2
21 Nov 2019 PAK tour of AUS 2019 Australia v Pakistan 2
12 Dec 2019 Trans-Tasman Trophy Australia v New Zealand 3
26 Dec 2019 Basil D’Oliveira Trophy South Africa v England 4
7 Feb 2020 BAN tour of PAK 2020 Pakistan v Bangladesh 2
21 Feb 2020 IND tour of NZ 2020 New Zealand v India 2
19 Mar 2020 ENG tour of SL 2020 Sri Lanka v England 2
8 Jul 2020 WI tour of ENG 2020 England v West Indies 4
5 Aug 2020 PAK tour of ENG 2020 England v Pakistan 3
17 Dec 2020 Border Gavaskar Trophy Australia v India 4
3 Dec 2020 WI tour of NZ 2020 New Zealand v West Indies 3
26 Dec 2020 PAK tour of NZ 2020 New Zealand v Pakistan 2
26 Dec 2020 SL tour of SA 2021 South Africa v Sri Lanka 2
14 Jan 2021 ENG tour of SL 2021 England v Sri Lanka 2
TBD(Jan 2021) WI tour of BAN 2021 Bangladesh v West Indies 3
TBD (Jan 2021) ENG tour of IND 2021 India v England 5
TBD (Jan 2021) SA tour of PAK 2021 Pakistan v South Africa 2
TBD (Jan 2021) SL tour of SA 2021 South Africa v Sri Lanka 2
TBD (Feb 2021) AUS tour of SA 2021 South Africa v Australia 3
TBD (Feb 2021) SL tour of WI 2021 West Indies v Sri Lanka 2
10 Jun 2021 World Test Championship Final TBD v TBD 1

 

Points table System

Each team plays six series, with each series counting for 120 points, distributed over the number of matches in a series. For example, a two-match series will mean 60 points for each Test while a three-match series will give 40 points to each Test match.

A tie will be 50% of the points available, whilst a draw will be a 3:1 points ratio. Here is the list of points splits by which the world test championship points table will be updated,

Matches in series Points for a win Pts for a tie Points for a draw
Points for a defeat
2 60 30 20 0
3 40 20 13 0
4 30 15 10 0
5 24 12 8 0

Updates in ICC WTC Points Table System

ICC alters the World Test Championship Points Table System when the world hit by the deadly COVID-19 virus in 2020.

The Board approved a recommendation from the ICC Cricket Committee, headed by Anil Kumble, to change the competition terms for the event to determine how series affected by the global pandemic are accounted for on the points table.

The unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19 means, to date, just under half of the World Test Championship matches have been played, with that estimated to rise to more than 85% by the end of the competition window.

Current regulations dictate that matches not completed shall be treated as a draw with points split. The Cricket Committee considered maintaining that status quo or determining the final World Test Championship League standings from the matches played.

The Cricket Committee recommended the latter option, which was approved by the Chief Executives Committee and ratified by the Board, meaning teams will be ranked in order of percentage of points earned.

ICC World Test Championship Points Table (2019-2021)

Rank Team PCT Points Series Played Matches
Played
Matches
Won
Matches
Lost
Matches
Drawn
1 India 71.10% 430 5 13 9 3 1
2 New Zealand 70.00% 420 5 1 7 4 0
3 Australia 69.20% 332 4 14 8 4 2
4 England 65.20% 352 5* 16 9 4 3
5 South Africa 40.00% 144 3 9 3 6 0
6 Pakistan 30.70% 166 4.5 10 2 5 3
7 Sri Lanka 19.00% 80 4* 7 1 5 1
8 West Indies 11.10% 40 3 7 1 6 0
9 Bangladesh 0.00% 0 1.5 3 0 3 0

* indicates ongoing series

Most Runs in Test Championship

The following list indicates the top 15 most run scores in ICC Test Championship(2019-2021).

Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s
M Labuschagne (AUS) 13 23 0 1675 215 72.82 2999 55.85 5 9 0 186 3
Steve Smith (AUS) 13 22 1 1341 211 63.85 2509 53.44 4 7 1 151 7
BA Stokes (ENG) 13 24 3 1131 176 53.85 1905 59.37 4 4 1 120 26
JE Root (ENG) 15 27 2 1095 228 43.8 2036 53.78 1 8 3 114 3
AM Rahane (INDIA) 13 22 3 983 115 51.73 2075 47.37 3 5 1 109 6
DA Warner (AUS) 12 22 2 948 335* 47.4 1519 62.4 3 1 3 94 1
MA Agarwal (INDIA) 12 20 0 857 243 42.85 1556 55.07 3 2 1 104 18
KS Williamson (NZ) 9 14 0 817 251 58.35 1432 57.05 3 1 2 100 3
Babar Azam (PAK) 8 13 3 810 143 81 1240 65.32 4 4 0 95 3
JC Buttler (ENG) 16 27 1 808 152 31.07 1587 50.91 1 3 1 89 13
RJ Burns (ENG) 12 21 0 737 133 35.09 1648 44.72 1 5 2 89 0
D Elgar (SA) 9 17 2 729 160 48.6 1258 57.94 2 2 2 108 4
MS Wade (AUS) 14 25 2 727 117 31.6 1354 53.69 2 1 2 89 4
V Kohli (INDIA) 10 16 2 705 254* 50.35 1191 59.19 2 3 2 89 3
RG Sharma (INDIA) 7 10 0 685 212 68.5 1002 68.36 3 1 0 80 22

 

Most Wickets in Test Championship

Player Mat Inns Overs Maidens Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 5 10
PJ Cummins (AUS) 14 28 555.3 158 1472 70 5/28 7/69 21.02 2.64 47.6 1 0
SCJ Broad (ENG) 15 29 473.3 126 1308 69 6/31 10/67 18.95 2.76 41.1 2 1
NM Lyon (AUS) 14 27 630.5 131 1757 56 6/49 10/118 31.37 2.78 67.5 4 1
TG Southee (NZ) 10 20 390.3 107 1054 51 5/32 9/110 20.66 2.69 45.9 3 0
JR Hazlewood (AUS) 11 21 385.2 108 986 48 5/8 9/115 20.54 2.55 48.1 3 0
MA Starc (AUS) 10 20 340.3 71 1080 44 6/66 9/97 24.54 3.17 46.4 2 0
KA Jamieson (NZ) 6 12 200.2 70 478 36 6/48 11/117 13.27 2.38 33.3 4 1
Mohammed Shami (INDIA) 10 18 239.3 56 712 36 5/35 7/58 19.77 2.97 39.9 1 0
JC Archer (ENG) 9 18 317.4 62 973 36 6/45 8/85 27.02 3.06 52.9 3 0
R Ashwin (INDIA) 9 16 336.3 62 928 35 7/145 8/189 26.51 2.75 57.6 1 0
TA Boult (NZ) 9 18 334.2 74 996 34 4/28 6/117 29.29 2.97 59 0 0
N Wagner (NZ) 7 14 282.3 62 720 32 4/66 7/133 22.5 2.54 52.9 0 0
I Sharma (INDIA) 7 14 159 40 465 30 5/22 9/78 15.5 2.92 31.8 3 0
JJ Bumrah (INDIA) 7 14 228.3 56 633 30 6/27 7/58 21.1 2.77 45.7 2 0
CR Woakes (ENG) 10 19 259 56 764 30 5/50 6/107 25.46 2.94 51.8 1 0

 

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