After Cricket Australia (CA) called-off Australia’s men team tour of South Africa, the New Zealand cricket team became the first qualifier of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) finals.
CA announced that due to the health concerns regarding the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa, the board decided to postpone their three-match Test series that was supposed to get underway later this month. They made an official announcement regarding the same on Tuesday.
The decision perfectly worked in their favour of the New Zealand cricket team as the No.2 ranking team in the ICC WTC standings became the first finalists of the debut season of the Championship.
As per the current points table of the ICC WTC, India holds the top spot in the standings. However, whether they would qualify for the finals would depend on the results of their four-match home Test series against England. If India wins the series by 2-0, they get straight into the finals.
As for the third rank holders, the Australian cricket team, their entry into the ICC WTC finals will depend comprehensively on the outcome of the India and England Test series. The postponement of their series against South Africa has made it rather unlikely for them to qualify as of now.
England has a lot of work to do to clear their pathway towards the finals. They need to ensure at least three victories in their upcoming Test series to achieve the goal.