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2019–21 ICC World Test Championship
Administrator International Cricket Council
Cricket Format Test cricket
Tournament Format League and Final
Hosts
Champions
Participants 9
Matches Played 73
Most runs
Most wickets
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The 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship will be the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship of Test cricket. It will start in July 2019 and finish with a final in England in June 2021. It comes nearly a decade after the International Cricket Council (ICC) first approved the idea for a World Test Championship in 2010, and following two cancelled attempts to hold the inaugural competition in 2013 and 2017.

It will feature nine of the twelve Test playing nations, each of whom will play a Test series against six of the other eight teams. Each series will consist of between two and five matches, so although all teams will play six series (three at home and three away), they will not play the same number of Tests. Each team will be able to score a maximum of 120 points from each series and the two teams with the most points at the end of the league stage will contest the final.

Some of the Test series in this Championship are part of a longer ongoing series, such as the 2019 Ashes series. Also, some of these nine teams will play additional Test matches during this period which are not part of this Championship, as part of the ICC Future Tours Programme for 2018–23, mainly to give games to the three Test playing sides not taking part in this competition.

Format

The tournament will be played over two years. Each team will play six other opponents, three at home and three away. Each series will consist of between two and five Test matches. Therefore all participants will not play the same number of Tests, but will play the same number of series. At the end of the league stage the top two teams will play a final in England in June 2021. Each match will be scheduled for a duration of 5 days.

Point scoring

The ICC decided that the same number of points will be available from each series, regardless of series length, so that countries that play fewer Tests are not disadvantaged. It also decided that points will not be awarded for series results, but for match results only. These will be split equally between all the matches in the series, regardless of whether or not a match is a dead rubber. In a five-match series, therefore, 20% of the points will be available each match, while in a two-match series, 50% of the points will be available each match.

Therefore, depending on whether the series is 2, 3, 4 or 5 matches long, the number of points awarded for a single match win will be a half, a third, a quarter, or a fifth of the maximum possible from the series. The ICC also decided that a tie should be worth half of a win and that a draw should be worth a third of a win. This all means that after each match, a side could be awarded a half, a third, a quarter, a fifth, a sixth, an eighth, a ninth, a tenth, a twelfth or a fifteenth of the total points available from the series, depending on the result and how many matches the series happens to consist of. Ultimately, this means a figure for the total points available from the series needs to be picked very carefully, as not many numbers give all integers when split into all these different fractions (360 does). Being a highly composite number, when 120 is split into all these fractions, an integer is obtained in all cases except one.

Each series will therefore carry a maximum of 120 points with points distributed as follows.

Distributions of points in ICC World Test Championship
Matches in series Points for a win Points for a tie Points for a draw Points for a defeat
2 60 30 20 0
3 40 20 13.3 0
4 30 15 10 0
5 24 12 8 0

Participants

The nine Full members of the ICC who will participate are:

Since each team is scheduled to play only six of the eight possible opponents, the ICC has been able to announce that India and Pakistan will not play against each other in the first and second editions of the tournament.

The three Full members of the ICC who will not participate are:

These are the three lowest ranked Full members of the ICC. They have been included in the ICC Future Tours Programme; they will play a number of Test matches during this period against Championship participants and each other (12 each for Ireland and Afghanistan, 21 for Zimbabwe) but these will have no bearing on the Championship.

Schedule

The schedule for the World Test Championship was announced by the ICC on 20 June 2018, as part of the 2018–2023 Future Tours Programme. The Indian Premier League will prevent any matches from being played in the months of April and May.

Home \ Away AUS BAN ENGINDNZLPAKRSASRIWSI
Australia 4–0 3–0 2–0
Bangladesh 2–0 2–0 3–0
England 5–0 3–0 3–0
India 2–0 5–0 3–0
New Zealand
Pakistan
South Africa
Sri Lanka
West Indies 2–0 2–0 2–0
Source: [ BBC Sport]

Therefore the total number of matches played by each team (home and away) in this tournament, and the two countries that each side will not face in this tournament, are as follows. (Note this is not the total Test matches played by each team during this period, as some countries will play further matches during this period which are not part of this Championship, as part of the ICC Future Tours Programme for 2018–23. Some of these may be against the opponents they do not play in this Championship.)

Team Total matches Will not play
Flag of Australia Australia 18 Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka and Flag of West Indies West Indies
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh 14 Flag of England England and Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Flag of England England 22 Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh and Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
Flag of India India 18 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan and Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 14 Flag of England England and Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 13 Flag of India India and Flag of West Indies West Indies
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 15 Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh and Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 13 Flag of Australia Australia and Flag of India India
Flag of West Indies West Indies 15 Flag of Australia Australia and Flag of Pakistan Pakistan

Variations in strength of opponents

Rather than being a full round-robin tournament in which everyone plays everyone else equally, each team plays only six of the other eight. Each team plays a different set of opponents, and so has an easier or harder schedule. For example, New Zealand do not play England and South Africa, two of the highest ranked teams, whereas Australia do not play Sri Lanka and West Indies, two of the lowest ranked teams. Therefore New Zealand appears to have an advantage over Australia.

Also, while there is a balance with all teams playing three series at home and three series away, this is not the case with the individual matches. For example, India play ten Tests at home and eight away, whereas the West Indies play just six at home and nine away.

Four of the 'biggest' and highest-ranked nations (India, England, Australia and South Africa) all play each other, in some of the longest series of the whole Championship, and the teams these four nations do not play are generally lower-ranked nations.

As all the series are mutually agreed between the two nations involved, this had led to allegations that the schedule has been agreed based on what will provide the biggest television audiences, and therefore television receipts, rather than selecting an even spread of teams. This shows that success in this competition is not the only priority for these nations.

It potentially gives the lower-ranked teams an advantage, meaning they may finish higher in the league table than might otherwise be expected.

League stage

League table

Pos Team Series Matches PC PCT Points RpW Ratio
P W L D P W L D T
1 Flag of India India 4 3 1 0 9 7 2 0 0 480 75.00 360 2.011
2 Flag of Australia Australia 3 2 0 1 10 7 2 1 0 360 82.22 296 1.604
3 Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 3 1 1 1 7 3 4 0 0 360 50.00 180 0.883
4 Flag of England England 2 1 0 1 9 5 3 1 0 240 60.83 146 1.068
5 Flag of Pakistan Pakistan 3* 1 1 0 5 2 2 1 0 300 46.67 140 0.984
6 Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka 2 0 1 1 4 1 2 1 0 240 33.33 80 0.589
7 Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa 2 0 2 0 7 1 6 0 0 240 10.00 24 0.521
8 Flag of West Indies West Indies 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 120 0.00 0 0.411
9 Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh 2* 0 1 0 3 0 3 0 0 180 0.00 0 0.351
Last updated: 02 March 2020. Source:International Cricket Council
  • Top two teams advance to the final to be played at Lord's, London on 10–14 June 2021.
  • If two teams are tied on points, the team that won more series shall be ranked higher. If teams are still equal, then the team with the higher runs per wicket ratio shall be ranked higher. The runs per wicket ratio is calculated as runs scored per wicket lost, divided by, runs conceded per wicket taken.

2019

The Ashes (England v Australia)

Main article: 2019 Ashes series
1–5 August 2019
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
284 (80.4 overs) & 487/7d (112 overs)
v Flag of England England
374 (135.5 overs) & 146 (52.3 overs)
Australia won by 251 runs
Edgbaston, Birmingham
14–18 August 2019
Scorecard
Flag of England England
258 (77.1 overs) & 258/5d (71 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
250 (94.3 overs) & 154/6 (47.3 overs)
Match drawn
Lord's, London
22–26 August 2019
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
179 (52.1 overs) & 246 (75.2 overs)
v Flag of England England
67 (27.5 overs) & 362/9 (125.4 overs)
England won by 1 wicket
Headingley, Leeds
4–8 September 2019
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
497/8d (126 overs) & 186/6d (42.5 overs)
v Flag of England England
301 (107 overs) & 197 (91.3 overs)
Australia won by 185 runs
Old Trafford, Manchester
12–16 September 2019
Scorecard
Flag of England England
294 (87.1 overs) & 329 (95.3 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
225 (68.5 overs) & 263 (76.6 overs)
England won by 135 runs
The Kia Oval, London

Sri Lanka v New Zealand

Main article: New Zealand cricket team in Sri Lanka in 2019
14–18 August 2019
Scorecard
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
249 (83.2 overs) & 285 (106 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
267 (93.2 overs) & 268/4 (86.1 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets
Galle International Stadium, Galle
22–26 August 2019
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
244 (90.2 overs) & 122 (70.2 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
431/6d (115 overs)
New Zealand won by an innings and 65 runs
P. Sara Oval, Colombo

West Indies v India

Main article: Indian cricket team in the West Indies and the United States in 2019
22–26 August 2019
Scorecard
Flag of India India
297 (96.4 overs) & 343/7d (112.3 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
222 (74.2 overs) & 100 (26.5 overs)
India won by 318 runs
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Antigua
30 August–3 September 2019
Scorecard
Flag of India India
416 (140.1 overs) & 168/4d (54.4 overs)
v Flag of West Indies West Indies
117 (47.1 overs) & 210 (59.5 overs)
India won by 257 runs
Sabina Park, Jamaica

2019–20

Freedom Trophy (India v South Africa)

Main article: South African cricket team in India in 2019–20
2–6 October 2019
Scorecard
Flag of India India
502/7d (136 overs) & 323/4d (67 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
431 (131.2 overs) & 191 (63.5 overs)
India won by 203 runs
Dr. Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA–VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam
10–14 October 2019
Scorecard
Flag of India India
601/5d (156.3 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
275 (105.4 overs) & 189 (67.2 overs) (f/o)
India won by an innings and 137 runs
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
19–23 October 2019
Scorecard
Flag of India India
497/9d (116.3 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
162 (56.2 overs) & 133 (48 overs) (f/o)
India won by an innings and 202 runs
JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi

Ganguly–Durjoy Trophy (India v Bangladesh)

Main article: Bangladeshi cricket team in India in 2019–20
14–18 November 2019
Scorecard
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
150 (58.3 overs) & 213 (69.2 overs)
v Flag of India India
493/6d (114 overs)
India won by an innings and 130 runs
Holkar Stadium, Indore
22–26 November 2019 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
106 (30.3 overs) & 195 (41.1 overs)
v Flag of India India
347/9d (89.4 overs)
India won by an innings and 46 runs
Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Australia v Pakistan

Main article: Pakistani cricket team in Australia in 2019–20
21–25 November 2019
Scorecard
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
240 (86.2 overs) & 335 (84.2 overs)
v Flag of Australia Australia
580 (157.4 overs)
Australia won by an innings and 5 runs
The Gabba, Brisbane
29 November – 3 December 2019 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
3/589d (127 overs)
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
302 (94.4 overs) & 239 (82 overs) (f/o)
Australia won by an innings and 48 runs
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Pakistan v Sri Lanka

Main article: Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan in 2019–20
11–15 December 2019
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
308/6d (97 overs)
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
252/2 (70 overs)
Match drawn
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
19–23 December 2019
Scorecard
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
191 (59.3 overs) & 555/3d (131 overs)
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
271 (85.5 overs) & 212 (62.5 overs)
Pakistan won by 263 runs
National Stadium, Karachi

Trans-Tasman Trophy (Australia v New Zealand)

Main article: New Zealand cricket team in Australia in 2019–20
12–16 December 2019 (D/N)
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
416 (146.2 overs) & 9/217d (69.1 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
166 (55.2 overs) & 171 (65.3 overs)
Australia won by 296 runs
Perth Stadium, Perth
26–30 December 2019
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
467 (155.1 overs) & 5/168d (54.2 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
148 (54.5 overs) & 240 (71 overs)
Australia won by 247 runs
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
3–7 January 2020
Scorecard
Flag of Australia Australia
454 (150.1 overs) & 2/217d (52 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
256 (95.4 overs) & 136 (47.5 overs)
Australian won by 279 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Basil D'Oliveira Trophy (South Africa v England)

Main article: English cricket team in South Africa in 2019–20
26–30 December 2019
Scorecard
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
284 (84.3 overs) & 272 (61.4 overs)
v Flag of England England
181 (53.2 overs) & 268 (93 overs)
South Africa won by 107 runs
Centurion Park, Centurion
3–7 January 2020
Scorecard
Flag of England England
269 (91.5 overs) & 391/8d (111 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
223 (89 overs) & 248 (137.4 overs)
England won by 189 runs
PPC Newlands, Cape Town
16–20 January 2020
Scorecard
Flag of England England
499/9d (152 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
209 (86.4 overs) & 237 (88.5 overs)(f/o)
England won by an innings and 53 runs
St George's Park Cricket Ground, Port Elizabeth
24–28 January 2020
Scorecard
Flag of England England
400 (98.2 overs) & 248 (61.3 overs)
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
183 (68.3 overs) & 274 (77.1 overs)
England won by 191 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg

Pakistan v Bangladesh

Main article: Bangladeshi cricket team in Pakistan in 2019–20
7–11 February 2020
Scorecard
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
233 (82.5 overs) & 168 (62.2 overs)
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
445 (122.5 overs)
Pakistan won by an innings and 44 runs
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
5–9 April 2020
Scorecard
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh

National Stadium, Karachi

New Zealand v India

Main article: Indian cricket team in New Zealand in 2019–20
21–25 February 2020
Scorecard
Flag of India India
165 (68.1 overs) & 191 (81 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
348 (100.2 overs) & 9/0 (1.4 overs)
New Zealand won by 10 wickets
Basin Reserve, Wellington
29 February–4 March 2020
Scorecard
Flag of India India
242 (63 overs) & 124 (46 overs)
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
235 (73.1 overs) & 132/3 (36 overs)
New Zealand won by 7 wickets
Hagley Oval, Christchurch

Sri Lanka v England

Main article: English cricket team in Sri Lanka in 2019–20

On 13 March 2020, the two-match Test series was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

19–23 March 2020
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
v Flag of England England

Galle International Stadium, Galle
27–31 March 2020
Scorecard
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
v Flag of England England

Singhalese Sports Club Cricket Ground, Colombo

2020

Wisden Trophy (England v West Indies)

Main article: West Indian cricket team in England in 2020
4–8 June 2020
Scorecard
Flag of England England
v Flag of West Indies West Indies

The Oval, London
12–16 June 2020
Scorecard
Flag of England England
v Flag of West Indies West Indies

Edgbaston, Birmingham
25–29 June 2020
Scorecard
Flag of England England
v Flag of West Indies West Indies

Lord's, London

Bangladesh v Australia

Main article: Australian cricket team in Bangladesh in 2020
11–15 June 2020
Scorecard
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
v Flag of Australia Australia

Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong
19–23 June 2020
Scorecard
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
v Flag of Australia Australia

Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Dhaka

Sri Lanka v Bangladesh

Main article: Bangladeshi cricket team in Sri Lanka in 2020
July 2020
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh

TBD
July 2020
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh

TBD
July 2020
Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka
v Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh

TBD

West Indies v South Africa

Main article: South African cricket team in the West Indies and the United States in 2020
23–27 July 2020
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa

Queen's Park Oval, Trinidad and Tobago
31 July – 4 August 2020
Scorecard
Flag of West Indies West Indies
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa

Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, Saint Lucia

England v Pakistan

Main article: Pakistani cricket team in England in 2020
30 July–3 August 2020
Scorecard
Flag of England England
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan

Lord's, London
7–11 August 2020
Scorecard
Flag of England England
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan

Old Trafford, Manchester
20–24 August 2020
Scorecard
Flag of England England
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan

Trent Bridge, Nottingham


Bangladesh v New Zealand

Main article: New Zealand cricket team in Bangladesh in 2020
August 2020
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand

TBD
August 2020
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
v Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand

TBD

2020–21

New Zealand v West Indies

November 2020
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
v Flag of West Indies West Indies

TBD
November 2020
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
v Flag of West Indies West Indies

TBD
November 2020
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
v Flag of West Indies West Indies

TBD

Border–Gavaskar Trophy (Australia v India)

Main article: Indian cricket team in Australia in 2020–21
November 2020
Flag of Australia Australia
v Flag of India India

TBD
December 2020
Flag of Australia Australia
v Flag of India India

TBD
December 2020
Flag of Australia Australia
v Flag of India India

TBD
January 2021
Flag of Australia Australia
v Flag of India India

TBD

New Zealand v Pakistan

Main article: Pakistani cricket team in New Zealand in 2020–21
December 2020
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan

TBD
December 2020
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
v Flag of Pakistan Pakistan

TBD

Bangladesh v West Indies

January 2021
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
v Flag of West Indies West Indies

TBD
January 2021
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
v Flag of West Indies West Indies

TBD
January 2021
Flag of Bangladesh.svg Bangladesh
v Flag of West Indies West Indies

TBD

Anthony de Mello Trophy (India v England)

Main article: English cricket team in India in 2020–21
January 2021
Flag of India India
v Flag of England England

TBD
January 2021
Flag of India India
v Flag of England England

TBD
January 2021
Flag of India India
v Flag of England England

TBD
January 2021
Flag of India India
v Flag of England England

TBD
January 2021
Flag of India India
v Flag of England England

TBD

Pakistan v South Africa

January 2021
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa

TBD
January 2021
Flag of Pakistan Pakistan
v Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa

TBD

South Africa v Sri Lanka

January 2021
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka

TBD
January 2021
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka

TBD

South Africa v Australia

February 2021
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
v Flag of Australia Australia

TBD
February 2021
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
v Flag of Australia Australia

TBD
February 2021
Flag of South Africa.svg South Africa
v Flag of Australia Australia

TBD

Sobers–Tissera Trophy (West Indies v Sri Lanka)

February 2021
Flag of West Indies West Indies
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka

TBD
February 2021
Flag of West Indies West Indies
v Flag of Sri Lanka.svg Sri Lanka

TBD

Final

10–14 June 2021 1st Place v 2nd Place TBD

See also


2019–21 ICC World Test Championship vte
2019 Australia in EnglandNew Zealand in Sri LankaIndia in the West Indies
2019–20 South Africa in IndiaSri Lanka against PakistanPakistan in AustraliaBangladesh in IndiaNew Zealand in AustraliaEngland in South AfricaBangladesh against PakistanIndia in New ZealandEngland in Sri Lanka
2020 Australia in BangladeshWest Indies in EnglandSouth Africa in West IndiesPakistan in EnglandBangladesh in Sri LankaNew Zealand in Bangladesh
2020–21 India in AustraliaPakistan in New ZealandEngland in India

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