Panesar predicts the winner of ICC Test Championship
The maiden season of ICC Test Championship campaign is making progress and the teams are making themselves as strong contenders to get into top 2 spot so that they can seize the opportunity to be in the final which is to be played on June 10, 2021.
While the teams are putting on a good show, former England cricketer Monty Panesar has already come out with a strong prediction of Australia being the clear-cut favourites to win the league.
As of now, India is comfortably sitting on top of the points table, with 120 points by winning 2 Tests against the West Indies. On the other hand, New Zealand and Sri Lanka are not too far behind who are settled at the 2nd and 3rd spot respectively with 60 points after winning 1 match each in the two-Test series they played.
Australia might have retained the Ashes but they are currently on the 4th position with 56 points but they would like to gain some more points by winning the last Ashes Test against England to win the series 3-1.
Considering the form that Aussies have displayed till now in Ashes by dominating England through and through in their den certainly makes them the clear-cut favourites according to Monty. In an interview with the Times of India Panesar said, “Australia looks to be the favourites. The way they are playing and dominating, I am sure they will win the championship.”
Steve Smith might have made a stellar rebound in the Ashes by scoring 671 runs in 5 innings after one year ban from cricket but Monty Panesar feels that Smith will never be able to match with the greats owing to his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal.
“Australia batsman Steve Smith should not be compared with any cricketing great after his involvement in the sandpaper gate. It doesn’t matter how many runs Smith will score, he will never be in the league of greats,” he further added.