New Zealand into WTC finals
New Zealand have made their way to the ICC World Test Championship final following the postponement of South Africa-Australia series.
On Tuesday, it was confirmed that Australia would not tour South Africa for three Tests in fear of ‘health risks’ which meant the nation on the other side of Tasman sea would seal the finals spot.
New Zealand have obtained 70 percent points in the five series they have played over 2019-21 cycle. Last year’s tour of Bangladesh (two Tests) was postponed and no future has yet been decided on this.
Kane Williamson’s men will play two Tests against England ahead of the final, at Lord’s and Edgbaston on June. This series does not fall in part of WTC.
Lord’s Cricket Ground will host the first-ever WTC final on June 18.
As of now, India are topping the table with 71.7% points they will need to make sure they do not lose too many points in the four-match marathon Test series against England at home. India will need to win by at least 2-1 to seal the finals berth.
England must win by 3-1, 3-0 or 4-0 to drive themselves for a home final at Lord’s.
Meanwhile, Australia still have a slim chance of making it into Lord’s 2021. For that to happen, the India-England series should be drawn or India win 1-0 or England win by either margin of 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1.
Australia’s recent 1-2 defeat to India pushed them down to number three from the top-spot. Had they not received a four-point penalty due to slow over rate, they could have been sitting at No.2.
However, with South Africa series postponed, there is no future decided on Australia’s two-Test tour of Bangladesh, which was scheduled last year.
ICC World Test Champions 2019-21 standings (as of Feb 2, 2021):
India – 71.7%
New Zealand (Q) – 70.0%
Australia – 69.2%
England – 68.7%
Pakistan – 37.7%
South Africa – 34.3%
Sri Lanka – 16.7%
West Indies – 11.1%
Bangladesh – 0.0%