In this article, we’ll tell you about the ICC World Test Championship points table, final date, schedule, ranking, most runs, most wickets, and everything you need to know about ICC WTC 2019-2021. The ICC World Test Championship (WTC) began in 2019 as a measure by the International Cricket Council to add fuel to the dying fire of Test cricket.
After almost 2 years of its inception, the ICC World Test Championship awaits its grand finale which will be played by the two giants of world cricket, the India National Cricket Team and the New Zealand National Cricket Team, from June 18- June 22 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton.
- ICC World Test Championship Points Table
- ICC World Test Championship Final Date
- ICC World Test Championship Schedule
- ICC World Test Championship Ranking
- ICC World Test Championship Most Runs
- ICC World Test Championship Most Wickets
ICC World Test Championship Points Table
The ICC World Test Championship Points Table is currently led by the Indian Cricket Team 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.
Here is the tabular representation of the points distribution system in the ICC World Test Championship Points Table:
|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.
Here’s the tabular representation of the final ICC World Test Championship Points Table:
ICC World Test Championship Final Date
The ICC World Test Championship final is all set to take place from June 18-June 22 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton. Earlier, the final of the ICC World Test Championship was slated to take place at the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground but due to logistical operations in the new normal bio-bubble life, the venue of the final had to be shifted to Southampton.
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.
These stats definitely hint that the ICC World Test Championship final can be a low-scoring affair between India and England and bowlers might run riot in the game. The stats also suggest that it would be the best option to win the toss and bat first here as batting becomes difficult with each innings passing by.
The Indian Cricket Team and the New Zealand Cricket Team have qualified for the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Now, if the final Test match of the ICC World Test Championship ends in a draw, the two finalists will share the trophy. Although there is a provision of a reserve day, but that provision only comes into play if there is a loss in the net playing time.
The net playing time refers to the standard game time set by the International Cricket Council (ICC), which is set at 30 hours of play (six hours per day). The reserve day comes into play only if the regulation time has not been fulfilled For example, if an hour’s play is lost due to rain or poor light and the hour’s play is covered on any of the other days of the Test match, there will be no reserve day.
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.
Here’s the tabular representation of the complete ICC World Test Championship Schedule:
|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 Ranking
The ICC World Test Championship ranking is no different than the ICC World Test Championship Points table. Team India is ranked at number one in the ICC World Test Championship ranking. New Zealand comes in at the second spot in the ICC World Test Championship ranking.
Australia is the third-ranked team in the ICC World Test Championship ranking. England comes in at number four followed by Pakistan at number five in the ICC World Test Championship ranking. West Indies is the 7th ranked team in the ICC World Test Championship ranking. South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh fill in the last 3 spots in the ICC World Test Championship ranking respectively.
As far as the ICC Test Team Rankings are concerned, team India is also at the absolute summit of it. New Zealand are on the second spot in the ICC Test Team Rankings as ICC came up with the annual updated rankings on Sunday. England displaced Australia to go at number three as Australia slipped down to the 4th spot. Pakistan remained at the 5th spot in the rankings.
West Indies climbed up 2 spots to go at number 6 while South Africa and Sri Lanka lost one spot each to finish at number 7 and 8 respectively. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe took the final two spots respectively.
↗️ England overtake Australia
↗️ West Indies move up two spots to No.6
India and New Zealand remain the top two sides after the annual update of the @MRFWorldwide ICC Test Team Rankings.
— ICC (@ICC) May 13, 2021
Below is a tabular representation of the ICC Test Team Rankings:
ICC World Test Championship Most Runs
Marnus Labuschagne of Australia leads the run-tally of the ICC World Test Championship with 1675 runs in 23 innings at an average of 72.82. He has scored 5 centuries and 9 half-centuries in the tournament so far and has the highest score of 215 runs. English skipper Joe Root comes in at the 2nd spot with 1660 runs in 37 innings at an average of 47.42. Root has smashed 3 centuries and 8 half-centuries in the tournament so far.
Australian batsman Steve Smith is at the third spot in the list of most runs scored by a batsman in the ICC World Test Championship. Smith has scored 1341 runs in 22 innings at an average of 63.85 with 4 centuries and 7 half-centuries to his name in the tournament. English all-rounder, Ben Stokes takes the 4th spot with 1334 runs in 32 innings. Ajinkya Rahane, the Indian vice-captain is the leading run-scorer for the Indian Cricket Team in the tournament with 1095 runs in 28 innings at an average of 43.80 with 3 centuries and 6 half-centuries.
Here are the top 10 batsmen with the most runs in the ICC World Test Championship 2019-2021:
ICC World Test Championship Most Wickets
Pat Cummins, the Australian pacer, leads the wickets-tally of the ICC World Test Championship. Cummins has picked 70 wickets in 28 innings with an average of 21.02 and an economy rate of 2.64. Stuart Broad of England occupies the 2nd spot in this list with 69 wickets in 32 innings at an average of 20.08 and an economy rate of 2.77.
Ravichandran Ashwin, the Indian spin wizard, is at the third spot in this list as he has gone on to pick 67 wickets in the tournament in 24 innings at an average of 20.88 and an economy rate of 2.66. Nathan Lyon, the Australian off-spinner, is at number four with 56 wickets in 27 innings at an average of 31.37 and an economy rate of 2.78. Tim Southee, the Kiwi pacer, is at the 5th spot with 51 wickets in 20 innings.
Here are the top 10 bowlers with the most wickets in the ICC World Test Championship 2019-2021: