ICC World Test Championship 2019-2021: Fixtures, standings and results

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The first ICC World Test Championship is 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

Team Series Matches RPWR Pens Pts
P W D L P W T D L
1 India 2 2 0 0 5 5 0 0 0 2.768 240
2 New Zealand 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 1.401 60
3 Sri Lanka 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 0.714 60
4 Australia 1 0 1 0 5 2 0 1 2 1.158 56
5 England 1 0 1 0 5 2 0 1 2 0.864 56
6 West Indies 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0.409 0
7 South Africa 1 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 2 0.299 0
8 Bangladesh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 Pakistan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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
Two Tests 60 20 30 0
Three Tests 40 13 20 0
Four Tests 30 10 15 0
Five Tests 24 8 12 0
  • 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 2019: Sri Lanka 1-1 New Zealand

August-September 2019: West Indies 0-2 India

October 2019: India 3-0 South Africa

November 2019: India v Bangladesh

November-December 2019: Australia v Pakistan

December 2019: Pakistan v Sri Lanka (two Tests)

December 2019-January 2020: Australia v New Zealand

December 2019-January 2020: South Africa v England

  • December 26-30, First Test: South Africa v England, Centurion
  • January 3-7, Second Test: South Africa v England, Cape Town
  • January 16-20, Third Test: South Africa v England, Port Elizabeth
  • January 24-28, Fourth Test: South Africa v England, Johannesburg

January 2020: Pakistan v Bangladesh (two Tests)

February-March 2020: New Zealand v India

  • February 20-24, First Test: New Zealand v India, Wellington
  • February 28-March 3, Second Test: New Zealand v India, Christchurch

March 2020: Sri Lanka v England

  • March 19-23, First Test: Sri Lanka v England, Galle
  • March 27-31, Second Test: Sri Lanka v England, Colombo

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: 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)

July 2020: West Indies v South Africa (two 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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