Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson(Getty Images)
Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson(Getty Images)

WTC final: How points were calculated and India, New Zealand made it to the summit clash

  • Virat Kohli’s India ended on top of the World Test Championship (WTC) points table with 520 points and a percentage of 72.2 after six series. At second is New Zealand, who were at 420 points and a percentage of 70 after playing five series.
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2021 10:00 PM IST

India and New Zealand will square off from June 18 in Southampton, England in the final of the first-ever World Test Championship. The WTC which began on August 1 in 2019 with the Ashes will end with the final at The Ageas Bowl. The league stages had ended with the India-England series earlier this year.

India had secured the top spot after beating England 3-1 in the four-match affair. New Zealand, however, were the first to enter the final when Australia cancelled their tour to South Africa earlier this year due to Covid-19 concerns.

All nine top Test-playing nations were supposed to play six series – three home and three away - each but due to the pandemic only India, Sri Lanka and England were able to play six series.

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That prompted the ICC to change the rules from the number of points to a percentage system to determine the final standings.

As per that, Virat Kohli’s India ended on top with 520 points and a percentage of 72.2 after six series. At second is New Zealand, who were at 420 points and a percentage of 70 after playing five series.

Australia narrowly missed the chance to qualify and finished with a percentage of 69.2 after playing 4 series.

Here is the WTC points table

TeamsPercentagePointsSeries
India72.25206
New Zealand70.04205
Australia69.23324
England61.44426
Pakistan43.32865.5
West Indies33.32005
South Africa301444
Sri Lanka27.82006
Bangladesh4.8203.5


Here is how the WTC points were calculated

Matches in seriesPoints for a winPoints for a tiePoints for a drawPoints for a loss
26030200
34020130
43015100
5241280

ICC on Friday announced that India and New Zealand will be crowned joint winners of the WTC in case the match ends in a draw or a tie. A reserve day will only be considered in case of loss of overs due to bad weather conditions.

ICC discontinued the use of the controversial boundary count rule, which saw New Zealand lose the 2019 World Cup to England after the final ended in a tie even after a Super Over.

"The playing conditions confirm that a draw or a tie will see both teams crowned as joint winners ...," the ICC said in a statement.

The ICC, which also confirmed that the Dukes ball would be used for the final in Southampton from June 18, said there would be a reserve day factored in to ensure five full days of play.

The reserve day would only be used if lost playing time could not be made up each day.

"There will be no additional day's play if a positive result is not achieved after five full days of play and the match will be declared a draw in such a scenario," the ICC said.

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