The ICC World Test Championship final 2021 will take place from June 18-June 22 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton. The ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final 2021 will be taking place between the two best teams of the tournament, the India National Cricket Team and the New Zealand National Cricket Team.
Both sides topped the ICC World Test Championship points table after the end of the group stage cycle that began in August 2019 and a total of 9 teams participated in the maiden edition of the tournament. The league stage of the World Test Championship began with the 2019 Ashes and the last series of the league stage took place between India and England, after which, India and New Zealand qualified for the final.
- ICC World Test Championship Final 2021
- ICC World Test Championship Points Table
- ICC World Test Championship Final Date
- ICC World Test Championship Winners List
- ICC World Test Championship Schedule
- ICC World Test Championship Final Venue
- India Squad For ICC World Test Championship Final
- New Zealand Squad For ICC World Test Championship Final
- ICC World Test Championship Final Live Streaming Details
The grand stage is now all set for the final as both the teams have now landed in England for the much-awaited final. If Virat Kohli manages to win the title, it will be his first ICC trophy as the Indian captain.
ICC World Test Championship Final 2021
The ICC World Test Championship final will take place between India and New Zealand from June 18-June 22 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton. The Kiwi team is already in England, playing a two-match bilateral Test series against the hosts. The Indian Cricket Team, on the other hand, landed in Southampton on June 03 after serving a quarantine period of almost 10 days in India.
Team India qualified for the ICC World Test Championship final with the most wins in the league stage after having won 12 matches, lost 4 games, and drawn a match. New Zealand, on the other hand, played a total of 5 series in the ICC World Test Championship and won 7 matches and lost 4 matches.
ICC World Test Championship Points Table
Team India finished on the first spot in the ICC World Test Championship points table with 72.2 %. New Zealand is the second team on the points table with 70%. As far as the distribution of points is concerned in the ICC World Test Championship points table, there are certain criteria set by the International Cricket Council to derive the calculation of points.
For a two-match series, the ICC awards 60 points for a win, 30 points for a tie, 20 points for a draw, and 0 points for a loss in the ICC World Test Championship Points Table. For a three-match series, the ICC awards 40 points for a win, 20 points for a tie, 13 points for a draw, and 0 points for a loss.
As far as a four-match series is concerned, the ICC awards 30 points for a win, 15 points for a tie, 10 points for a draw, and 0 points for a loss in the ICC World Test Championship Points Table. For a five-match series, the ICC awards 24 points for a win, 12 points for a tie, 08 points for a draw, and 0 points for a loss.
Below is how ICC World Test Championship Points Table Distribution is done:
|Matches in series||Points for a win||Points for a tie||Points for a draw||Points for a defeat|
When the tournament began, it was stated in the rules that the top two teams with the highest points in the ICC World Test Championship Points Table will be granted a ticket to the finale of the ICC World Test Championship. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of tours and series had to be either postponed or called off and this led to a major change in the qualification of the WTC final by the ICC.
This prompted ICC to bring about a major rule change and then it came up with the idea of Percentage of Points (POP). POP is the percentage of points won by a particular team out of the total number of points contested in a series. For example, India has played six series in the WTC so far. The total number of points at stake from them was 720. Out of which, India has won 520 points in the ICC World Test Championship Points Table. So the Percentage of Points (POP) of team India is 72.2
Originally, every team was scheduled to play six series in the WTC and could get a maximum of 720 points. If a team earns a total of 480 points from the six series it participates in, then its percentage of points would be 66.67%.
If a team plays five series, then the maximum points that it is contesting on are 600. For example, out of the 600, it earns 450 points, then its percentage of points would be 75% and it would be ranked higher than the team that has played six series.
However, the Indian Cricket Team managed to pull off historical triumphs in two consecutive series to qualify for the final. First up, they beat Australia in Australia and marked one of a kind series win as they beat the mighty Aussies 2-1 in a four-match series.
Next, they invited England Cricket Team at home and beat them 3-1 in the four-match series to eventually qualify for the final of the ICC World Test Championship.
Below is the final ICC World Test Championship Points Table:
ICC World Test Championship Final Date
The ICC World Test Championship final date is June 18. The final of the WTC will begin on June 18 and a five-day Test match which will decide the fate of the tournament. The final will be attended by almost 4000 fans. The Hampshire County has also been asked to hand over all the Corporate Boxes at the Rose Bowl but Bransgrove hopes they will have some share on that too.
As per the playing conditions for the ICC World Test Championship final, both sides would be declared joint-winners if the match ends in a tie or a draw. There is also a Reserve Day in place to make up for a lost time during the regular days. Both of these decisions were made in June 2018, prior to the commencement of the ICC World Test Championship.
|ICC World Test Championship Final||Days|
|18 June 2021||Day 1|
|19 June 2021||Day 2|
|20 June 2021||Day 3|
|21 June 2021||Day 4|
|22 June 2021||Day 5|
ICC World Test Championship Winners List
Since this is the first edition of the ICC World Test Championship, so far, there has not been a winner of the tournament. The ICC Test Championship is however, another, tournament that runs alongside. The England Cricket Team has won the Test Championship or Test mace once. South Africa has won the championship thrice.
The Indian Cricket Team has won the Test mace or Test championship five times. The Australian Cricket Team has won the ICC Test Championship 8 times. Pakistan, on the other hand, could win it only for a very brief period in 2016.
ICC World Test Championship Schedule
The ICC World Test Championship Schedule was poised in such a way that every team had to play 6 series and leave aside a couple of teams. This would have meant that every team had the opportunity to grab a maximum of 720 points in the ICC World Test Championship. However, the Indian Cricket Team only managed to play their 6 series, and the rest of any other team didn’t get the opportunity.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic dented the ICC World Test Championship schedule. The second Test match between Pakistan and Bangladesh was postponed due to the coronavirus in March 2020. Later the same month, the two-match series between Sri Lanka and England was also postponed.
In April 2020, Australia’s tour of Bangladesh and the West Indies tour of England had to be postponed. In June 2020, the two-match series between Bangladesh and New Zealand and the three-match series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were both postponed. South Africa’s tour of the West Indies was postponed as the fixtures clashed with the West Indies rescheduled tour to England
The ICC later stated that their attention had moved to reschedule the six Test series that had been postponed. Ultimately, it accepted several series would not take place as part of the Championship and changed the points system to Percentage Of Points.
Below is the complete ICC World Test Championship Schedule 2019-20
|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|
|3 Feb 2021||WI tour of BAN 2021||Bangladesh v West Indies||3|
|5 Feb 2021||ENG tour of IND 2021||India v England||5|
|26 Jan 2021||SA tour of PAK 2021||Pakistan v South Africa||2|
|21 March 2021||SL tour of WI 2021||West Indies v Sri Lanka||2|
|21 April 2021||BAN tour of SL 2021||Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh||2|
|18 Jun 2021||India vs New Zealand 2021 (Final)||India vs New Zealand||1|
ICC World Test Championship Final Venue
The ICC World Test Championship final will take place at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton. The Indian Cricket Team has already landed in Southampton and they have begun with their training sessions for the final. New Zealand, on the other hand, is playing against England and will reach the venue after the completion of the two-match Test series.
As far as the stats of this venue are concerned, a total of 6 Test matches have been played here so far. Out of these 6 games, 2 games have been won by the team batting first while one game has been won by the team batting second. The average 1st innings score at this venue is 337 runs while the average second innings score is 280 runs.
The average third innings score at Rose Bowl Southampton is 262 runs and the average 4th innings score here is 187 runs. The highest total ever recorded at this venue in a Test match has been 583/8 in a Test match between England and Pakistan and the lowest total recorded at this venue has been 178/10 in a match between India and England.
India Squad For ICC World Test Championship Final
The Indian squad for the final of the ICC World Test Championship Final was declared after the stoppage of IPL 2021 midway in May 2021. Virat Kohli will be leading the side for the final and Ajinkya Rahane, will be carrying on the vice-captaincy role for the ICC World Test Championship Final. The most notable exclusion from the Indian squad was that of fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
Arzan Nagwaswalla, Prasidh Krishna, Abhimanyu Easwaran, and Avesh Khan got their maiden India Test call up for the ICC World Test Championship final and the five-match Test series against England.
India’s squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha.
Standby players: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, Arzan Nagwaswalla
New Zealand Squad For ICC World Test Championship Final
New Zealand named a 20-member squad for their tour of England, including the ICC World Test Championship final against India. Led by Kane Williamson, the squad includes three uncapped players – Rachin Ravindra, Devon Conway and Jacob Duffy. The squad will then be trimmed to 15 for the ICC World Test Championship final, as per ICC regulations.
New Zealand’s squad: Kane Williamson (Captain), Rachin Ravindra, Devon Conway, Jacob Duffy, Tom Blundell, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling (wicketkeeper), Tom Latham, Daryll Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Ajaz Patel, Doug Bracewell, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Will Young.
ICC World Test Championship Final Live Streaming Details
The ICC World Test Championship final will be broadcasted by StarSports Network in India. Fans can watch the live match action of ICC World Test Championship final on StarSports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD.
The live streaming of ICC World Test Championship Final 2021 will be available on Disney+Hotstar in India. Disney+ Hotstar Premium and Disney+ Hotstar VIP subscribers can watch ICC World Test Championship final live match using Google Chromecast, Fire TV, Apple TV on TV sets.