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Percentage points to decide WTC finalists


A new way of deciding ICC World Test Championship finalists has been revealed. With several series getting postponed, percentage points will come to the rescue to end the championship cycle in 2021.

Percentage points to decide WTC finalists

The percentage points will be obtained by calculating 100x points earned divided by the points contested. Australia lead the table with 82.22% having 296 points from 360. India are on the second position, 75% (360 points from 480).

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The new system might favour New Zealand if they manage to gain 240 points against West Indies and Pakistan at home this summer. This will lead them to 70%. England may also stand 70% if they win 2-0 against Sri Lanka and draw at least one of five Tests against India while losing the other four.

India have four Tests in Australia and five Tests against England at home scheduled. If India lose to Australia 0-2 and win 5-0 against England that will leave them to 69.44%.

If Australia win 4-0 against India and lose 0-2 to South Africa they will drop to 69.33%.

On another scenario, if India lose 1-3 to Australia and beat England 4-0 that will leave them on 68.89%.

Bangladesh may not have any chance of moving up to the finals but they can move up the table. If they whitewash West Indies 3-0 next January they will jump to 40%. That will leave them over South Africa given that the Proteas should not win more than three against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, and must not win any of three Tests against Australia.

If Bangladesh are to move No.5 on the table, Sri Lanka (vs SA and WI) and Pakistan (vs NZ and SA)  will need to win only one Test each.

The final of current cycle will be played at the Lord’s Cricket Ground next June.

ICC WTC 2019-21 table:

1. Australia – 82.22% – 296 points from 360

2. India – 75.00% – 360 from 480

3. England – 60.83% – 292 from 480

4. New Zealand – 50.00% – 180 from 360

5. Pakistan – 39.52% – 166 from 420

6. Sri Lanka – 33.33% – 80 from 240

7. West Indies – 16.67% – 40 from 240

8. South Africa – 10.00% – 24 from 240

9. Bangladesh – 0.00% – 0 from 180


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