ICC World Test Championship 2019-2021: Fixtures, standings and results
The first ICC World Test Championship is well under way. All the fixtures and results are here, along with the latest standings and how the damn thing works.
ICC World Test Championship Latest Standings
ICC World Test Championship – How It Works
- All nine teams play six WTC series, three at home and three away.
- All WTC series must be between two and five Tests in length
- There are 120 points available per series, split evenly between each match, so 24 per match in a five-Test series up to 60 per match in a two-match series.
- A match win is worth full points, a tie half and a draw gets one third, as below:
|Tests in series||Win||Draw||Tie||Loss|
- Yes, 40 divided by three is actually 13⅓ but the ICC realised a bit too late they’d picked a number that didn’t actually divide neatly. Instead of solving this by making it 360 points for a series, they’ve decided that draws in three-Test series are actually worth ever so slightly less than one-third of the total points.
- The top two teams in the table in June 2021 meet in a one-off Test at Lord’s for the title
- If the final is drawn or tied the title is shared
- If teams finish level on points, the team with most series wins will take the higher spot on the table. If that is also level, RPWR will decide the placings.
- RPWR = Runs per wicket ratio. That’s runs per wicket scored divided by runs per wicket conceded. A total of more than one means a team has scored more runs per wicket than it has conceded; a total below one means a team has scored fewer runs per wicket than it has conceded. It is mathematically impossible for the number to be below zero, but that doesn’t mean England won’t give it a crack.
- You can read more on all this guff here and here.
ICC World Test Championship Fixtures and Results
August-September 2019: England 2-2 Australia
- August 1-5, First Test: Australia beat England by 251 runs
- August 14-18, Second Test: Match Drawn
- August 22-26, Third Test: England beat Australia by one wicket
- September 4-9, Fourth Test: Australia beat England by 185 runs
- September 12-16, Fifth Test: England beat Australia by 135 runs
- Points: England 56-56 Australia
August 2019: Sri Lanka 1-1 New Zealand
- August 14-18, First Test: Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by six wickets
- August 22-26, Second Test: New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 65 runs
- Points: Sri Lanka 60-60 New Zealand
August-September 2019: West Indies 0-2 India
- August 22-26, First Test: India beat West Indies by 318 runs
- Aug 30-Sept 3, Second Test: India beat West Indies by 257 runs
- Points: West Indies 0-120 India
October 2019: India 3-0 South Africa
- October 2-6, First Test: India beat South Africa by 203 runs
- October 10-14, Second Test: India beat South Africa by an innings and 137 runs
- October 19-23, Third Test: India beat South Africa by an innings and 202 runs
- Points: India 120-0 South Africa
November 2019: India 2-0 Bangladesh
- November 14-18, First Test: India beat Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs
- November 22-26, Second Test: India beat Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs
- Points: India 120-0 Bangladesh
November-December 2019: Australia 2-0 Pakistan
- November 21-25, First Test: Australia beat Pakistan by an innings and 5 runs
- Nov 29-Dec 3, Second Test: Australia beat Pakistan by an innings and 48 runs
- Points: Australia 120-0 Pakistan
December 2019: Pakistan 1-0 Sri Lanka
- December 11-15, First Test: Match Drawn
- December 19-23, Second Test: Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 263 runs
- Points: Pakistan 80-20 Sri Lanka
December 2019-January 2020: Australia 3-0 New Zealand
- December 12-16, First Test: Australia beat New Zealand by 296 runs
- December 26-30, Second Test: Australia beat New Zealand by 247 runs
- January 3-7, Third Test: Australia beat New Zealand by 279 runs
- Points: Australia 120-0 New Zealand
December 2019-January 2020: South Africa 1-3 England
- December 26-30, First Test: South Africa beat England by 107 runs
- January 3-7, Second Test: England beat South Africa by 189 runs
- January 16-20, Third Test: England beat South Africa by an innings and 53 runs
- January 24-28, Fourth Test: England beat South Africa by 191 runs
- Points: South Africa 24*-90 England
February-April 2020: Pakistan v Bangladesh
- February 7-11, First Test: Pakistan beat Bangladesh by an innings and 44 runs
- April 5-9, Second Test: Pakistan v Bangladesh, Karachi – POSTPONED
- Points: Pakistan 60-0 Bangladesh
February-March 2020: New Zealand 2-0 India
- February 20-24, First Test: New Zealand beat India by 10 wickets
- February 28-March 3, Second Test: New Zealand beat India by seven wickets
- Points: New Zealand 120-0 India
March 2020: Sri Lanka v England – POSTPONED
- March 19-23, First Test: Sri Lanka v England, Galle – POSTPONED
- March 27-31, Second Test: Sri Lanka v England, Colombo – POSTPONED
June-July 2020: Bangladesh v Australia (two Tests)
June 2020: England v West Indies
- June 4-8, First Test: England v West Indies, The Oval
- June 12-16, Second Test: England v West Indies, Edgbaston
- June 25-29, Third Test: England v West Indies, Lord’s
July-August 2020: West Indies v South Africa
- July 23-27, First Test: West Indies v South Africa, Trinidad
- July 31-Aug 4, Second Test: West Indies v South Africa, St Lucia
July-August 2020: England v Pakistan
- July 30-Aug 3, First Test: England v Pakistan, Lord’s
- August 7-11, Second Test: England v Pakistan, Old Trafford
- August 20-24, Third Test: England v Pakistan, Trent Bridge
July 2020: Sri Lanka v Bangladesh (three Tests)
August 2020: Bangladesh v New Zealand (two Tests)
November 2020-January 2021: Australia v India (four Tests)
November 2020: New Zealand v West Indies (three Tests)
December 2020: New Zealand v Pakistan (two Tests)
January 2021: Bangladesh v West Indies (three Tests)
January 2021: India v England (five Tests)
January 2021: Pakistan v South Africa (two Tests)
January 2021: South Africa v Sri Lanka (two Tests)
February 2021: South Africa v Australia (three Tests)
February 2021: West Indies v Sri Lanka (two Tests)
June 2021: ICC World Test Championship Final
- June 10-14: TBC v TBC, Lord’s
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