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ICC World Test Championship Final Schedule, Dates, Points Table, Teams, Most Runs, Most wickets all you need to know

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ICC World Test Championship Final Schedule, Dates, Points Table, Teams, Most Runs, Most wickets all you need to know.

ICC World Test Championship Final: It all started back in 2019 when the International Cricket Council (ICC) initiated another World Cup in the form of Test cricket to add fuel to the dying Test format. Due to overwhelming response to the various T20 leagues in the countries and multiple world cups in the limited-overs format conducted by the ICC, Test Cricket was constantly getting degraded.

ICC in 2019 announced an ICC World Test Championship whose final will be played in 2021. Earlier, it was scheduled that the final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship will be held at Home of Cricket, Lords, however, later it was shifted to Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton.

The competition did really well in bringing back Test cricket to life and produced some of the iconic thrillers with red balls which will be remembered for a long long time.

In this article, we will discuss every detail about the inaugural ICC World Test Championship from dates, Schedule, Points Table, Teams, Most Runs, Most Wickets, everything you need to know.

ICC World Test Championship Final Dates and Venues:

The final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship is scheduled to begin on June 18 between India and New Zealand at Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton. Earlier, the final was scheduled at Home Of Cricket Lord’s while later it was changed to Rose Bowl Stadium, Southampton, England due to better lodging facilities of the city.

ICC World Test Championship Final Points Table:

The International Cricket Council (ICC) generated certain rules and regulations for the conduct of the tournament and to rank the teams. The points table is currently led by the Indian team with 72.2 winnings per cent while New Zealand is at number two with a 70 per cent winning ratio. The third place is taken by Australia while England is at four.

A set of rules were designed to award teams for each win, in the format depending upon the number of games they play in the series. For every two games Test series, teams were awarded 60 points to win, 30 points to tie, 20 points to draw while no points for a loss.

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For a three games Test series, teams were given 40 points to win, 20 points for a tie, 13 points for a draw, and 0 points for a loss.

A four games Test series comprises of the rules, 30 wins for a win, 15 points for a tie, 10 points for a draw, and 0 points for a loss while in a five games series, 24 points for a win, 12 points for a tie, 08 points for a draw, and 0 points for a loss.

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Initially, when the tournament began, a major criterion implemented to set teams in the points table was the points earned by the teams after winning games. The top two teams with the maximum number of points will reach the final of the championship. However ever since this dreaded pandemic started, most of the scheduled tours either got cancelled or were postponed.

This prompted the ICC to make some changes in the rules. Later it was announced that the team with the highest winning percentage would reach the final of the championship.

The percentage system focused more on the winning ratio of the team rather than accumulating points. The winning percentage was calculated with the number of games played and a total number of games won.

ICC World Test Championship Points Table. Image: ICC

Total Participating Teams in ICC World Test Championship 2019-2021:

A total of 9 full member Teams of the ICC took part in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship 2019-2021. Australia, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, England, South Africa and West Indies took part in the competition however other three full member ICC teams Afghanistan, Zimbabwe and Ireland did not take part.

ICC World Test Championship Full Schedule: 

The full schedule of the championship was announced by the ICC in its Future Tour Programme (FTP) on 20th June 2018. All the teams were scheduled to play at least six series however due to covid-19 restrictions only India managed to play its quota of six series while no other teams played the full six series.

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Later due to the confusion posed by postponement and cancellation of the multiple series, ICC decided to change the points table ranking system to Percentage of Points (POP) earned.

Starting dateSeries nameTeamsNo. of matches
1 Aug 2019The AshesEngland v Australia5
14 Aug 2019NZ tour of SL 2019Sri Lanka v New Zealand2
22 Aug 2019IND tour of WI 2019West Indies v India2
02 Oct 2019Freedom TrophyIndia v South Africa3
14 Nov 2019BAN tour of IND 2019India v Bangladesh2
21 Nov 2019ENG tour of NZ 2019New Zealand v England2
21 Nov 2019PAK tour of AUS 2019Australia v Pakistan2
12 Dec 2019Trans-Tasman TrophyAustralia v New Zealand3
26 Dec 2019Basil D’Oliveira TrophySouth Africa v England4
7 Feb 2020BAN tour of PAK 2020Pakistan v Bangladesh2
21 Feb 2020IND tour of NZ 2020New Zealand v India2
19 Mar 2020ENG tour of SL 2020Sri Lanka v England2
8 Jul 2020WI tour of ENG 2020England v West Indies4
5 Aug 2020PAK tour of ENG 2020England v Pakistan3
17 Dec 2020Border Gavaskar TrophyAustralia v India4
3 Dec 2020WI tour of NZ 2020New Zealand v West Indies3
26 Dec 2020PAK tour of NZ 2020New Zealand v Pakistan2
26 Dec 2020SL tour of SA 2021South Africa v Sri Lanka2
14 Jan 2021ENG tour of SL 2021England v Sri Lanka2
3 Feb 2021WI tour of BAN 2021Bangladesh v West Indies3
5 Feb 2021ENG tour of IND 2021India v England5
26 Jan 2021SA tour of PAK 2021Pakistan v South Africa2
21 March 2021SL tour of WI 2021West Indies v Sri Lanka2
21 April 2021BAN tour of SL 2021Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh2
18 Jun 2021India vs New Zealand 2021 (Final)India vs New Zealand1

Most Runs scored in the ICC World Test Championship 2019-2021:

Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne is currently leading the run-getters chart with 1675 runs in 13 matches and 23 innings. He averages 72.82 while his best score was 215. In the process, Labuschagne smacked 5 tons and 9 half-centuries.

The second place is occupied by England skipper Joe Root. He is just 15 runs behind Marnus in the run charts. Root scored 1660 runs in 20 games and 37 innings. He also scored a double century and 3 hundred and eight fifties.

The lead is followed by Steve Smith at number 3 with 1341 runs. English all-rounder Ben Stokes is at number four with 1334 runs while India’s Ajinkya Rahane holds the fifth spot with 1095 runs.

Here is the complete table of stats:

BatsmanMatInnsNORunsAveHS100s50s
Marnus Labuschagne1323167572.8221559
Joe Root20372166047.4322838
Steve Smith13221134163.8521147
Ben Stokes17323133446.0017646
Ajinkya Rahane17283109543.8011536
Last updated : 6 March 202

Most Wickets Scalped in the ICC World Test Championship 2019-2021:

The number 1 Test bowler Pat Cummins leads the chart of bowlers with 70 wickets in 14 games and 28 innings. Cummins is followed by English Stuart Broad with 69 wickets in 16 games and 31 innings. Broad took 2 five wickets haul as well as one ten-wicket haul in the game.

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is at number three with 67 scalps in 13 games and 24 innings. Ashwin took 4 five wickets haul in the Test in this series. Indian spinner is followed by Australian Nathan Lyon and New Zealand pacer Tim Southee with 56 and 51 wickets respectively.

Here is the complete table of stats:

BowlerMatInnsWktsRunsOversBBIBBMAvg5WI10WM
Pat Cummins1428701472555.35/287/6921.021
Stuart Broad1631691386499.36/3110/6720.0821
Ravichandran Ashwin1324671399524.47/1459/20720.884
Nathan Lyon1427561757630.56/4910/11831.3741
Tim Southee1020511054390.35/329/11020.663
Last updated: 8 April 2021

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