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All you need to know about the 2019-21 World Test Championship

 

The 2019 Ashes kicks off the World Test Championship

 

The ICC officially launched the inaugural World Test Championship on Monday. It begins on August 1 with the first Ashes Test. Here's everything you need to know about the tournament that is set to bring new meaning and context to bilateral Test cricket

What is this World Test Championship all about?

Essentially, it is a league, like the zillions of T20 leagues out there, but this one is for Test cricket. It will be contested over two-year cycles, the first of which starts on August 1 with the opening Ashes Test at Edgbaston. The group phase officially began on July 16, 2019 and will run until March 31, 2021 after which the top two teams will contest a final.

 

How many teams will participate?

Nine of the 12 Full Member countries will contest in 27 series during the window. The nine teams are: Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Pakistan, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

 

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Why has the WTC been brought in?

 

For a long time, there have been attempts to bring additional context to Test cricket beyond the result of individual series. There are the Test rankings where the top team is anointed on April 1 each year, but that is just based a rolling table. The idea of the WTC is to have a Test 'winner' every two years - like the World Cups in other formats - creating something else to play for outside of the series result. It is also hoped that it will increase interest in all series within the WTC, regardless of who is playing, because it can have a knock-on effect on other team's chances of reaching the final.

 

 

 

How many series will each team play and do all series count?

 

The teams will play three series each at home and away. Each series will comprise a minimum of two and maximum of five Test matches. Therefore, all the teams do not play each other in the WTC in the two-year cycle. There can also be series played outside the WTC - an example being the New Zealand v England in November which is part of the Future Tours Programme (FTP) but not the Championship.

 

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India go into the inaugural Test Championship as the world's No. 1 team Getty Images

 

 

Who decided on which series will be played under the WTC?

 

The competing countries. Some of the series already committed in the previous FTP will now be played as part of the WTC with each team playing against some higher-ranked opposition and some lower-ranked opposition.

 

 

 

How are points allocated?

 

This is where things get a little complicated because, well, cricket can be complicated. For every series under the WTC, there are 120 points available, distributed evenly over the number of Tests in the series. So, for example, in the Ashes, which is a five-match series, there will be 24 points for each win. In a two-Test series (such as Sri Lanka v New Zealand and West Indies v India which also start in August) there will be 60 points for a win. A draw is worth one-third of the points for a win: so eight in the Ashes scenario above and 20 in a two-Test series. A tie, just in case we need to know, is worth half the points for a win.

 

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Anything else about the points we need to know?

 

Recently the ICC had announced that teams will be docked points in the WTC for slow over-rates. Two points will be deducted for every over a team is behind at the end of a match.

 

 

 

How will the finalists be determined and when will it be played?

 

The top two teams on the points table at the end of the league phase will play the final which is scheduled in 2021.

 

 

 

What will happen if the final ends in a draw or is tied?

 

If the final ends in a tie or a draw, the two teams will be joint champions. Although the playing conditions allow for a reserve day, it can only be used if net playing time is lost during the scheduled five days of the final. Net playing time for every Test amounts to 30 hours of play (six hours per day).

 

 

 

The reserve day kicks in only if the time lost during regulation play on each day is not made up on the same day. For example, if you lose an hour of play due to rain and then make it up by the end of the same day, then that is zero net time lost. But if you lose an entire day's play due to rain and then make up, say, only three hours over the remaining four days, then you are short of net playing time for the match. That is when the reserve day kicks in.

 

 

 

What about the other three Test-playing nations?

 

Zimbabwe and the two latest Test nations, Afghanistan and Ireland, are the three who will not be part of the inaugural WTC. Zimbabwe are currently suspended by the ICC till October for government interference into cricket affairs. However, Afghanistan and Ireland will play Test series as part of the FTP, points from which will be considered for the Test rankings, but not the Championship.

 

 

 

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/23526411/all-need-know-2019-21-world-test-championship

 

Edited by Stan AF

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20 hours ago, Stan AF said:
Matches in series Points for a win Points 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

This will benefit teams like srilanka who will thrash SENA in 2 match series in home series and will get 30 points per win. 

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In 2 match series, 60 points per win.

 

All teams don't play the same amount of matches. England plays the most at 22, Australia (19??)and India 18??. Something on those numbers. I have to check again but I think almost all teams play 6 series for equal number of points(720). 3 at home and 3 away.

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ICC World Test Championship Fixtures and Results

August-September 2019: England v Australia

  • August 1-5, First Test: Australia beat England by 251 runs
  • August 14-18, Second Test: England v Australia, Lord’s
  • August 22-26, Third Test: England v Australia, Headingley
  • September 4-9, Fourth Test: England v Australia, Old Trafford
  • September 12-16, Fifth Test: England v Australia, The Oval
  • Points: England 0-24 Australia

August 2019: Sri Lanka v New Zealand

August-September 2019: West Indies v India

October 2019: India v South Africa

  • October 2-6, First Test: India v South Africa, Visakhapatnam
  • October 10-14, Second Test: India v South Africa, Ranchi
  • October 19-23, Third Test: India v South Africa, Pune

October 2019: Pakistan v Sri Lanka (two Tests)

November 2019: India v Bangladesh

  • November 14-18, First Test: India v Bangladesh, Indore
  • November 22-26, Second Test: India v Bangladesh, Kolkata

November-December 2019: Australia v Pakistan

  • November 21-25, First Test: Australia v Pakistan, Brisbane
  • Nov 29-Dec 3, Second Test: Australia v Pakistan, Adelaide

December 2019-January 2020: Australia v New Zealand

  • December 12-16, First Test: Australia v New Zealand, Perth
  • December 26-30, Second Test, Australia v New Zealand, Melbourne
  • January 3-7, Third Test: Australia v New Zealand, Sydney

December 2019-January 2020: South Africa v England

  • December 26-30, First Test: South Africa v England, Centurion
  • January 3-7, Second Test: South Africa v England, Cape Town
  • January 16-20, Third Test: South Africa v England, Port Elizabeth
  • January 24-28, Fourth Test: South Africa v England, Johnannesburg

January 2020: Pakistan v Bangladesh (two Tests)

February 2020: Bangladesh v Australia (two Tests)

February-March 2020: New Zealand v India

  • February 20-24, First Test: New Zealand v India, Wellington
  • February 28-March 3, Second Test: New Zealand v India, Christchurch

March 2020: Sri Lanka v England (two Tests)

June 2020: England v West Indies (three Tests)

July 2020: England v Pakistan (three Tests)

July 2020: Sri Lanka v Bangladesh (two Tests)

August 2020: West Indies v South Africa (two Tests)

November 2020-January 2021: Australia v India (four Tests)

November 2020: New Zealand v West Indies (three Tests)

December 2020: New Zealand v Pakistan (two Tests)

January 2021: Bangladesh v West Indies (three Tests)

January 2021: India v England (five Tests)

January 2021: Pakistan v South Africa (two Tests)

January 2021: South Africa v Sri Lanka (two Tests)

February 2021: South Africa v Australia (three Tests)

February 2021: West Indies v Sri Lanka (two Tests)

June 2021: ICC World Test Championship Final

  • June 10-14: TBC v TBC, Lord’s

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ICC WTC - NZ vs SL in SL (2 Test Match Series)

 

1st Test, ICC World Test Championship at Galle, Aug 14-18 2019
Day 3 - Session 1: New Zealand trail by 13 runs with 10 wickets remaining
 
 
 

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See it the other way, NZ lost 60 points for one test match. Sounds Harsh but it is what it is.

 

Practically every team is playing for 120 points per series. It's upto the teams to win and take them. Its test match cricket where grownups play. You've to earn it.

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Strange point system. SL needed only one test win to score 60 points whereas Aus or Eng needs about 2-3 test to reach the same number of points. Thats unfair on those who play a longer test series. What they could have done is set the minimum matches in a series to 2 and only take into account those first 2 matches for points in the championship no matter if there are more matches remaining in the series. So Aus win in the first test will carry 60 points the same way as SL win got it 60.

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8 minutes ago, Real McCoy said:

Strange point system. SL needed only one test win to score 60 points whereas Aus or Eng needs about 2-3 test to reach the same number of points. Thats unfair on those who play a longer test series. What they could have done is set the minimum matches in a series to 2 and only take into account those first 2 matches for points in the championship no matter if there are more matches remaining in the series. So Aus win in the first test will carry 60 points the same way as SL win got it 60.

Same for India in the next series against West Indies.

 

When we play england it will be a 5 test series, 4 against Australia and 3 against SA. More or less they even out.

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On 8/18/2019 at 5:40 PM, Norman said:

I just can't understand the 120 points logic. Maximum games in a test series are 5. (Ashes and IndvsEng ). So the common multiple for all the possibilities is 60. 

 

ICC dudes seriously suck at math

Away test wins should count for more whilst home wins less than what they currently do & yeah ICC sucks donkey balls period :facepalm:

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3 Test Matches starting tomorrow

 

22/08 - 10:00 AM IST
2nd Test, ICC World Test Championship at Colombo (PSS), Aug 22-26 2019

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I am liking this idea. Now even Test series that would go under the radar have become more meaningful. India West Indies are laying each other at full strength and unlike previous few times it looks like this will be a good series with WI improving and India trying to maximize their points. SL-NZ also looks interesting

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