Here's what India, Australia, New Zealand, England need to do for ICC World Test Championship final spot
The 2020 cricket calendar has been messed up due to the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic. It has also impacted the ICC World Test Championship proceedings, as the revised points system has affected some of the team's chances of making it to the final.
The year 2020 has been a mess for the entire sporting world, including cricket. Not only that numerous tournaments have been affected due to the prevailing COVID19- pandemic, International Cricket Council's (ICC) newest brainchild, the World Test Championship has also been affected.
After some Test series were cancelled during this period, it prompted ICC to come up with a revised points system for the tournament. As per the latest ruling, the two teams who have earned the highest percentage of points would be playing the final.
Consequently, Australia have risen to the top spot, with a point percentage of 82.22, followed by India at second, with 75%. As for the points, Australia have 296 from three series, while India have 360 from four. Meanwhile, we take a look at how could India, along with Australia, New Zealand and England can seal their spot.
New Zealand: Kiwis, who are currently placed fourth, can gain a maximum of 70%. However, in case they drop points in any of the remaining four Tests, even a draw and three wins would push them down with 63.3%.
India: In case they finish 4-4 in their remaining eight Tests, they will be on 66.67%. However, winning it 5-3 would put them above New Zealand's possible maximum score, as India would rise to 70.83%. Furthermore, four wins, along with a couple of draws and loses each would take India's percentage to 69.44, which would be marginally below the Kiwis.
Australia: The table-toppers need a 4-0 win against India to rise to 86.67%. Nonetheless, if they are to lose the following three Tests to South Africa, they drop down to 69.33%. Thus, the Aussies need at least some draws in South Africa.
England: The ODI World Champions are at the third spot, with 60.83%. However, their upcoming two series in Asia would be a challenging outing for them. They would aim for a series win in Sri Lanka. Then, provided they even lose 1-2 in India, they would have a percentage of 62.78. Yet, it might not be enough, as England desperately need to win some in India too, which is undoubtedly a tedious task as of now.