Australia replace India as number one in World Test Championship

Changes to the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) points system that was amended due to the COVID-19 pandemic by the International Cricket Council (ICC) saw table-toppers India pushed down to the second spot on Thursday. As a result, Australia, despite having lesser points than India, advanced to the top of the inaugural Test Championship table.

Following a recommendation from the ICC Cricket Committee, headed by Anil Kumble, the apex board approved and decided that the finalists for the inaugural World Test Championship will be decided based on the percentage of points earned by each team.

The change in the points system meant Australia who have 360 points after 4 series, gets first place, and India who have 480 points after 4 series gets second place. Australia’s percentage point stands at 82.2 while India’s percentage point stands at 75.0.

ICC said in a statement released, “The unprecedented disruption caused by COVID-19 means, to date, just under half of the World Test Championship matches have been played, with that estimated to rise to more than 85% by the end of the competition window.”

“Current regulations dictate that matches not completed shall be treated as a draw with points split. The Cricket Committee considered maintaining that status quo or determining the final World Test Championship League standings from matches played.”

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney stated, “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 complete all of their matches through no fault of their own.”

“We explored a whole range of options, but our members felt strongly that we should proceed as planned with the first-ever World Test Championship Final in June next year,” he added.