Test Championship: Australia jump to first place in altered points table
Australia move to first place in the altered points table of the ICC Test Championship which was revealed by ICC on November 19th.
The coronavirus pandemic situation has affected the game a lot. Many tournaments are postponed and abandoned due to the pandemic situation across the world. This has made a big difference in the ongoing inaugural ICC Test Championship. The cancellation of some series and change in schedules has made the difference in the Championship.
As a remedy for the issue, the International Cricket Council has introduced a percentage system. According to the new system, apart from the points occupied by each team, there will be a column called ‘Percentage of Points’ which determines the position of teams in the Championship. The system was recommended by the ICC Cricket Committee, headed by Anil Kumble.
ICYMI: An altered points system was announced for the World Test Championship following an ICC board meeting yesterday.
The team positions will now be determined by the percentage of points earned 📈
— ICC (@ICC) November 20, 2020
“Both the Cricket Committee and Chief Executives Committee supported the approach of ranking teams based on completed matches and points earned as this reflects their performance and doesn’t disadvantage teams that have been unable to compete all of their matches through no fault of their own,” said ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney.
Percentage of Points = (Points won by a team / Points contested) * 100
According to the Percentage of Points, Australia are taking first place at the moment. Earlier India occupied first place with 360 points. Australia were in second place with 296 points. Since India played for a total of 480 points and snubbed 360 points out of 480, India’s PCT is 75 at the moment. Taking a PCT of 82.22 Australia has taken first place in the revised points table.
The remaining of the Championship will be conducted on this basis to determine the finalists of the league. Any abandoned series will be considered as a drawn series and points will be split equally between two teams. The new system will posses a threat for England and India as they have challenging overseas series in the line-up while New Zealand might take advantage as the Kiwis will two-match Test series, each against West Indies and Pakistan at home.
Revised points table of ICC Test Championship: