The World Test Championship was announced to make sure that the interest in the longest format of the game stayed alive and the bilateral series between nations stayed relevant. In the inaugural season, it is safe to say that the World Test Championship has added some context to all Test series across the globe. However, it was unfortunate that it coincided with a global pandemic which made it difficult to execute exactly how the International Cricket Council (ICC) had envisaged the tournament.
Considering that most of the Test series which were planned had to be rescheduled and some even cancelled, the ICC changed the rules midway in the league and now the standings on the table are recognised by average points earned rather than total points, as not all countries have played the same number of matches.
New Zealand seems to have enjoyed this new rule as they have already qualified for the final of the World Test Championship at Lord’s, England. The race for their opponent is still on as three teams are in contention for the spot. The result in ongoing India vs England series will determine the second nation to compete in the very first World Test Championship final in July. Here are all the possible qualification scenarios for these three teams.
FOR INDIA TO QUALIFY
After the successful tour of Australia, India seem to be in the driving seat for the second spot in the World Test Championship. They are playing England at home and even though the start to the series hasn’t been merry, Virat Kohli would be confident of leading his side to the final at Lord’s.
The scenario is pretty straightforward for the Indians – if they win the current series against England by two or more Tests then they straightaway qualify for the final.
FOR ENGLAND TO QUALIFY
Against all the odds, England found themselves leading the series after they pulled off a complete performance against India in the first Test at Chennai. However, the task of qualifying for the final is an uphill one for the English. They need to win the series and win it handsomely. A result of either 3-0, 3-1 or 4-0 would book them a final seat at the home of cricket against New Zealand.
FOR AUSTRALIA TO QUALIFY
With Cricket Australia deciding not to go ahead with the tour to South Africa due to the COVID outbreak in the country, Tim Paine’s Australia have no control over the World Test Championship anymore. All they can do now is sit back and hope that England’s tour of India goes according to their plan.
Australia have a couple of scenarios which they can exploit. If England beat India in the current series either 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 then Australia will qualify for the final to face their neighbours New Zealand in London. If the series between India and England ends all square with either 1-1 or 2-2 then again, Australia can make that trip to the final of the World Test Championship. Quite a lot depends on the current India vs England series and we can’t wait to find out who the second finalist is!
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