There was a belief among the ICC committee members that the interest in test cricket was dying rapidly due to the fast-paced action of the shorter formats of the games. So, in order to try and increase public interest, they came up with the World Test Championship, which gives teams something else to play for other than the series result. They hope it will make cricket fans pay more attention to all test series as the results can have an effect on their team. Below you find all the information that you need to know.
When did the Test Championship Start?
The inaugural ICC World Test Championship started on the 1st August 2019 when England and Australia began their Ashes series, which ended 2-2 and saw Australia retain the urn. This competition has been in the pipeline for ages, and the very first one was meant to happen in 2013 and then in 2017. However, due to a number of reasons, it was cancelled and eventually scheduled for August 2019.
This competition is due to run all the way through to the 14th of June 2021.
India’s Ravi Shastri, Cheteshwar Pujara, and ML Jaisimha are the only three Indian batsmen who have batted on every single day of a five-day test match. Jaisimha was the first to achieve this feat when playing against Australia in 1960, he scored 20 not out in the first innings and 74 in the second. Shastri joined the club in 1984, when he scored 111 and 7 not out against England, while Pujara entered the club in 2017, when he scored 52 and 22 against Sri Lanka. Amazingly, all three batsmen achieved this rare feat at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The other cricketers who have done this are England’s Geoffrey Boycott, Alan Lamb, and Freddie Flintoff, Australia’s Kim Hughes, West Indies’ Adrian Griffith, and South Africa’s Alviro Peterson.
England’s Alec Stewart was born on the 8th April 1963 and amazingly he went on to score 8463 test runs. We cannot be 100% certain, but we are pretty sure he is the only batsman who has scored the same number of test runs as his birth date.
India’s Lala Amarnath was the first player to score a test century for India when he scored 118 runs against England in 1933. To add to this, he is actually the only bowler to get the majestic Don Bradman out hit wicket. This happened in Brisbane in 1948, when Bradman was on 185. In fact, Bradman scored 29 more runs than twenty Indian batsmen as they were bowled out for 58, forced to follow-on and then were bowled out for 98.
England’s Alistair Cook played 158 consecutive test matches, surpassing Australia’s Alan Border, who played 153 consecutive test matches.
At 11.11 on the 11/11/11, South Africa needed 111 runs to beat Australia.
We bet many of your friends and family members are unaware of these facts, so you can now go and impress them with your newfound knowledge.
What Teams Will Participate at the World Test Championship?
At this current moment in time, there are twelve nations that playtests, but only nine of these will take part in this competition. These nine nations are Australia, England, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the West Indies.
These nine teams play a series of two, three, four, or five matches against six of the other teams. This means that although every team will play a total of six series (three at home and three away), they won’t play the same amount of test matches.
For a clear breakdown of the number of matches that a team will play and those nations that they won’t play against, check out the table below.
|Team||Total Matches||Won’t Play Against|
|Sri Lanka and West Indies|
|South Africa and England|
|New Zealand and Bangladesh|
|Sri Lanka and Pakistan|
|South Africa and England|
|West Indies and India|
|New Zealand and Bangladesh|
|India and Australia|
|Pakistan and Australia|
N.B. This is not the total number of test matches that each team will play during this time period. Some countries will play other test matches that are not part of this tournament. For example, England will take on New Zealand this winter in two tests, but they are not part of the Test Championship.
The number of matches that each team will play against another team can be seen in the table below:
|Australia||Bangladesh||England||India||New Zealand||Pakistan||South Africa||Sri Lanka|
ICC Cricket World Test Championship Format and Points System
As each team plays six other teams, there will be 72 matches played throughout the whole tournament. When all the matches have been played, the two teams that have amassed the most points will take each other on in the final. How does the points system work though? Well, all is revealed in the table below.
So, there is a total of 120 points at stake for each series that a team plays. If a team fails to stick to an acceptable over-rate, they will lose two points for every over that they are behind.
What Happens if the Final is a Draw or Tied?
If the final is tied or a draw, the two competing teams will be declared joint champions. There will be a reserve day available, but this can only come into play if playing time is lost during the five scheduled days. Net playing time means six hours a day, or thirty hours for the whole test match.
So, if it rains and an hour of play is lost in the morning, but then play continues an hour later than scheduled the same day, there is no time lost. However, if an entire day is wiped out by the rain and the umpires can only manage to make up, let’s say two hours over the remaining days, then they will be short of the required thirty hours by four hours. The reserve will then be used to get these four hours in.
Read Our ICC Cricket Test Match Prognostics
We have prognostics available for all the test matches that will happen in this tournament, so feel free to check them out if you are thinking about placing some bets on any of the games that are taking place. By taking heed of our tips, you will be able to significantly improve your odds of winning.