The ongoing World Test Championship points table is now wide open as four teams are vying for the two top spots in the table.
Australia, India, New Zealand, and England remain the four contenders for the positions.
What are the chances for any two of the four teams to make it to the final?
Earlier, teams were ranked based on points, but many test series were called-off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so ICC decided to scrap that system and adopt a new one.
According to the revised points system, the teams will be ranked based on a percentage of points earned per total points contested by each team, also called the PCT%.
Points: 362 PCT%: 75.6
Australia is topping the points table with a PCT% of 75.6. They need just to draw one or win one game to maintain their PCT% above 70. New Zealand can reach a maximum of 70 PCT%, and only one team between England and India can go beyond 70 PCT%.
Therefore, Australia is very likely to qualify for the finals to be held at Lord’s.
Points: 390 PTC%:72.2
India’s victory over Australia in the 2nd test has benefited the team in getting close to a final spot. India has two matches against Australia and a home series against England (4 tests).
India needs to win 4 out of 6 matches in order to claim a spot.
However, if they fail to win all four matches, they can also depend on New Zealand’s result. If New Zealand loses its last match against Pakistan, then there is a possibility that India could qualify for the final.
In that case, England should also lose few matches against Sri Lanka and India.
With a home series against England lined up, India has its fortunes in their own hands, and they shouldn’t depend on other teams’ results to qualify for the finals.
Points: 360 PCT% 66.7
New Zealand certainly looks forward to being a part of the final at Lord’s. Playing only two test matches per series at home puts them in a pole position to max out 120 points for a series. New Zealand needs to win one more match to get to 70 PCT%, which is highly likely to happen.
However, winning the last match against Pakistan won’t guarantee a place in the final. They need to wait for the England vs. India and England vs. Sri Lanka series too.
Points: 292 PCT%:60.8
It will be tough for England to qualify for the finals. England has two aways series with India and Sri Lanka. Only if they win all the matches and acquire 240 points, they will be able to play the finals.
If they lose a minimum of 60 points from their remaining matches (against India and Sri Lanka), then they must hope that New Zealand draws or loses the match against Pakistan.
Overall, in a format like Test cricket, the top two strong teams are supposed to play the finals.
At present, Australia and India are looking favorites to qualify. But cricket is a game of uncertainty, and things can change quickly.
There is a possibility that if a series gets canceled due to the new strain of coronavirus, it could automatically help the other teams as there are no points for a called-off/canceled/abandoned series.
Readers Bureau , Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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