The inaugural World Test Championship got underway with the Ashes 2019 in Edgbaston. The ICC is looking to revive the longest format with this unique tournament where each team will play six Test series.
The top 9 teams of the ICC World Test Rankings are scheduled to play three home series and three away series in the cycle from August 2019 to June 2021. England, Australia, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies, and India have opened their campaigns while South Africa, Pakistan and Bangladesh are set to do it soon.
India, whose first involvement in the World Test Championship is with the West Indies, began their campaign with an emphatic 318-run win in the first Test of the two-match series and got 60 points on Sunday.
An incredible day of Test cricket.
— ICC (@ICC) August 25, 2019
A few hours earlier England registered a thrilling victory in the third Ashes Test at Headingley but got just 24 points.
A few of the fans are confused as to what has made the difference despite both the teams winning a Test match. Well, it’s all because of the championship format.
It all depends on the number of matches in a series
Each series of the World Test Championship will have 120 points, and it will be equally divided among the number of matches. Thus, India got 60 points because they are playing in a two-game series against the Windies while England and Australia are competing in a five-match series.
England has 32 points at the moment since their second Test against Australia (who also have 32 owing to a win and draw) was drawn and both the teams got eight points each. In West India vs. India series, a draw will fetch 20 points.
Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka also have 60 points each at the moment after their two-game series ended 1-1. While the Lankans won the first game by six wickets, the Black Caps came back strongly to win the second Test by an innings and 65 runs.