Dubai, February 2
New Zealand on Tuesday became the first team to reach the final of the inaugural World Test Championship after Australia’s away series against South Africa got cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
With Australia’s Test series postponed indefinitely, no team can surpass New Zealand’s percentage points of 70 and for all practical purposes, the series between India and England starting in Chennai on Friday will decide the opponents for Kane Williamson’s men.
“All to play for in the upcoming India v England series with three teams able to meet New Zealand in the final of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship,” the ICC tweeted.
As of now, India have highest percentage points 71.7 while New Zealand have 70 while Australia are third at 69.2 and England are currently placed fourth with 65.2 points.
Percentage of points is won out of the total number of points contested by each team.
India will qualify if they beat England in the series by winning at least two matches. England can make it by triumphing in at least three games while recording a series victory.
India need 70 points from the four-Test series to remain ahead of Australia. That means they need to win by at least a 2-1 margin, which would earn them 30 points for each of the two wins, and 10 points for one draw. A 4-0 or 3-0 blanking of England, or even a 3-1 win, would work even better for India.
England need 87 points from the series to make it, which means they need to win at least three Tests. Incidentally, the last time a touring team won three Tests in a series in India was 1983-84, when West Indies won 3-0.
If the two teams end up drawing the series 2-2 or 0-0, then it will open up a chance for Australia to sneak in.
The WTC final is scheduled to be held from June 18 at the Lord’s in London. — PTI
SA angry as Australia pull out of tour
MELBOURNE: Australia’s decision to pull out of next month’s three-Test tour in South Africa due to the Covid-19 pandemic is “extremely disappointing” considering the hosts had put in place a number of safety measures, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said today. Cricket Australia’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley had said in an earlier statement that travelling from Australia to South Africa posed an unacceptable level of health and safety risk to players, support staff and the community. No dates were given on when the tour might take place. But CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith believes the Australian concerns are unfounded. “We are extremely disappointed by the decision of CA,” Smith said. “CSA has been working tirelessly in recent weeks to ensure that we meet every single expectation of CA.” reuters