ICC World Test Championship Final: IND vs NZ

ICC-World-Test-ChampionshipThere was a belief among the ICC that the interest in test cricket was waning due to the fast-paced action of the shorter formats. In order to try increase public interest, they came up with the ICC World Test Championship, which gives teams something else to play for other than their series result. According to online cricket betting markets, the higher stakes the ICC world championship now provides is making cricket fans pay attention for the prestige winning the finals will bring to their national team. Below you find all the information that you need to know about the upcoming final of this tournament which in 2021 will be India vs New Zealand.

When is the WTC Final going to be held?

The ICC World Test Championship ran all the way through 2019, 2020 and the beginning of 2021. India and New Zealand have qualified for the final test match that will take place at The Rose Bowl, Southampton in England on 18 – 23 June 2021.

Where Will the WTC Final Be Held?

The final Test match was scheduled to take place at Lord’s Cricket Ground. However, on the 10th of March, it was moved to the Rose Bowl (also known as the Ageas Bowl) in Southampton because it has on-site hotels that makes it easy for a bubble environment. The final is scheduled to be played from the 18th-22nd of June this year. If the match ends in a draw, then the trophy will be shared between the two teams.

An Overview of the ICC World Test Championship Final 2021

There are still some matches to play in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship, but we already know that India and New Zealand will be the two teams that will be battling it out to be the first nation to put their name on the trophy. Like with all sports recently, the current Covid-19 pandemic had an impact on the ICC World Test Championship – a number of matches were postponed or cancelled, so the ICC used percentage of points earned to see who would compete in the ICC World Test Championship final. Below we will take a look at how both teams made it to the final, when and where the final will take place, and who we think will win.

How New Zealand Made It to the Test Final

New Zealand played 5 series in this tournament and they won 3 of them, drew one, and lost one. Their first series was a 2-match series against Sri Lanka in Galle and Colombo in August 2019, and they lost the first match by six wickets and won the second by an innings and 65 runs.

They then took on New Zealand in December 2019 and were thoroughly destroyed in the three Tests that were played – they lost the first in Perth by 296 runs, the second in Melbourne by 247 runs, and the third in Sydney by 279 runs. They then played India at home in February in two Tests, and won the first Test in Wellington by 10 wickets and the second Test in Christchurch by 7 wickets.

After this, they had to wait ten months before playing Test match cricket again. This time, they welcomed the West Indies to their shores and won both matches easily – they won the first Test match in Hamilton by an innings and 134 runs and the second Test in Wellington by an innings and 12 runs. Then, also in December, they welcomed the Pakistan team to New Zealand and won both matches very easily again – they won the first Test in Mount Maunganui by 101 runs and the second Test in Christchurch by an innings and 176 runs.

From the 600 points that they contested, they won 420 of them which is a win percentage of 70%. This was enough for them to clinch second place, but if Australia had not been deducted 4 points for having a slow over rate, then it would have been them who would be taking on India in the final.

How India Made It to the Test Final

The Indian cricket team played 6 series in this tournament and won 5 of them and drew the other one. The first series that they played was in a 2-Test match series in the West Indies, which they won without breaking a sweat. They won the first match in Antigua by 318 runs and the second Test in Jamaica by 257 runs.

They then played a 3-match series against South Africa at home in October 2019, and also won very comfortably. The first Test was played in Visakhapatnam and India won by 203, the second Test took place in Pune and India won by an innings and 137 runs, while the third Test was played in Ranchi and India were victorious by an innings and 202 runs.

Bangladesh then traveled to India to play a 2-match series in November 2019, and they were also put to the sword. The first Test was played in Indore and India won by an innings and 130 runs, while the second was played in Kolkata and India won by an innings and 46 runs.

In February 2020, the India team traveled to New Zealand and they put in a pretty poor showing and ended up losing 2-0. They lost the first game in Wellington by 10 wickets and the second game in Christchurch by 7 wickets. They put that loss behind them though with a great win in Australia in December 2020 and January 2021. With a second-string team, they managed to come from 1-0 down to win the 4-match series 2-1. They lost the first match in Adelaide by 8 wickets, won the second Test in Melbourne by 8 wickets, drew the third Test in Sydney, and won the fourth Test in Brisbane by 3 wickets.

In February and March 2021, India welcomed England for four Tests. India got off to a slow start in the first game in Chennai and lost by 227 runs. However, they recovered and won the second game in Chennai by 317 runs, and the third and fourth Tests in Ahmedabad by 10 wickets and an innings and 25 runs.

From the 720 points that India contested, they won 520, which gave them an overall win percentage of 72.2% and meant that they finished top of the official championship points table.

Our India vs New Zealand Match Prediction

India are known to struggle on pitches that offer swing and seam movement, and this was seen when they lost 2-0 in New Zealand. So, if the pitch that they are playing on has some grass on it and India are asked to bat first, they could struggle to post a big score in their first innings. So, the big question is, who do we think will win? 

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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 before being moved to 2017. Due to several reasons, that was cancelled as well and eventually rescheduled for August 2019.

Interesting Betting Facts for the ICC World Test Championship

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!

Which Teams Participated in the ICC World Test Championship?

There were twelve nations in the playtests, but only nine of these made it into the competition. These nine nations were Australia, England, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, South Africa, and the West Indies.

These nine teams played a series of two, three, four, or five matches against six of the other teams. This meant that although every team played a total of six series (three at home and three away), they didn’t play the same amount of test matches.

For a clear breakdown of the number of matches that a team played and those nations that they won’t play against, check out the table below.

Team   Total Matches  Won’t Play Against 
Australia 

19 

Sri Lanka and West Indies 
Bangladesh  

14 

South Africa and England 
England 

22 

New Zealand and Bangladesh 
India 

18 

Sri Lanka and Pakistan 
New Zealand 

14 

South Africa and England 
Pakistan 

13 

West Indies and India 
South Africa 

16 

New Zealand and Bangladesh 
Sri Lanka  

13 

India and Australia 
West Indies 

15 

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:

Home/Away 

Australia  Bangladesh  England  India  New Zealand  Pakistan  South Africa  Sri Lanka 

West Indies 

Australia 

      4  3 

2 

     

Bangladesh 

2        2       

3 

England 

5          3     

3 

India 

  2  5        3 

 

 

New Zealand 

      2    2     

3 

Pakistan 

  2          2 

2 

 

South Africa 

3    4         

2 

 

Sri Lanka 

  3  2    2 

 

     

West Indies 

      2      2 

2 

 

 

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.

Matches  

Win   Tie   Draw  Loss 

2 

60  30  20 

0 

3 

40  20  13 

0 

4 

30  15  10 

0 

5 

24  12  8 

0 

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.

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