ICC World Test Championship
ICC World Test Championship

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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 India v New Zealand 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)

Pos Team Matches Won Lost Drawn NR Points PCT
1 India 17 12 4 1 0 520 72.2
2 New Zealand 11 7 4 0 0 420 70
3 Australia 14 8 4 2 0 332 69.2
4 England 21 11 7 3 0 442 64.1
5 Pakistan 12 4 5 3 0 286 43.3
6 West Indies 11 3 6 2 0 200 33.3
7 South Africa 11 3 8 0 0 144 30
8 Sri Lanka 12 2 6 4 0 200 27.8
9 Bangladesh 7 0 6 1 0 20 0.48

Most Runs in Test Championship

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

Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 0 4s 6s
M Labuschagne (AUS) 13 23 0 1675 215 72.82 55.85 5 9 0 186 3
JE Root (ENG) 20 37 2 1660 228 47.42 54.65 3 8 3 168 5
SPD Smith (AUS) 13 22 1 1341 211 63.85 53.44 4 7 1 151 7
BA Stokes (ENG) 17 32 3 1334 176 46 57.79 4 6 1 142 31
AM Rahane (INDIA) 17 28 3 1095 115 43.8 47.25 3 6 2 125 6
RG Sharma (INDIA) 11 17 1 1030 212 64.37 64.49 4 2 0 123 27
FDM Karunaratne (SL) 10 18 0 999 244 55.5 53.33 4 4 0 115 2
JC Buttler (ENG) 18 31 2 963 152 33.2 52.88 1 4 1 108 14
DA Warner (AUS) 12 22 2 948 335* 47.4 62.4 3 1 3 94 1
Babar Azam (PAK) 10 17 3 932 143 66.57 64.14 4 5 0 114 3
V Kohli (INDIA) 14 22 2 877 254* 43.85 56.11 2 5 4 108 3
MA Agarwal (INDIA) 12 20 0 857 243 42.85 55.07 3 2 1 104 18
D Elgar (SA) 11 21 2 848 160 44.63 58.32 2 3 2 128 4
DP Sibley (ENG) 16 28 2 844 133* 32.46 36.11 2 4 4 95 1
CA Pujara (INDIA) 17 28 0 818 81 29.21 36.81 0 9 3 98 3

 

Most Wickets in Test Championship

The following list indicates the top 15 highest wicket-takers in ICC Test Championship (2019-2021).

Player Mat Inns Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 5 10
PJ Cummins (AUS) 14 28 70 5/28 7/69 21.02 2.64 47.6 1 0
SCJ Broad (ENG) 17 32 69 6/31 10/67 20.08 2.77 43.4 2 1
R Ashwin (INDIA) 13 24 67 7/145 9/207 20.88 2.66 46.9 4 0
NM Lyon (AUS) 14 27 56 6/49 10/118 31.37 2.78 67.5 4 1
TG Southee (NZ) 10 20 51 5/32 9/110 20.66 2.69 45.9 3 0
JR Hazlewood (AUS) 11 21 48 5/8 9/115 20.54 2.55 48.1 3 0
MA Starc (AUS) 10 20 44 6/66 9/97 24.54 3.17 46.4 2 0
JC Archer (ENG) 11 21 40 6/45 8/85 27.37 3.1 52.9 3 0
MJ Leach (ENG) 10 18 40 5/122 6/177 29.55 3.16 56 1 0
JM Anderson (ENG) 12 20 39 6/40 7/63 19.51 2.29 51 3 0
A Nortje (SA) 10 17 39 6/56 8/120 29.84 3.68 48.5 3 0
KA Jamieson (NZ) 6 12 36 6/48 11/117 13.27 2.38 33.3 4 1
I Sharma (INDIA) 11 20 36 5/22 9/78 17.36 2.86 36.3 3 0
Mohammed Shami (INDIA) 10 18 36 5/35 7/58 19.77 2.97 39.9 1 0
Shaheen Shah Afridi (PAK) 12 18 36 5/77 6/128 32.63 3.03 64.4 1 0

 

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