India-England test series to kick-start the Cycle of 2nd World Test Championship

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The five-match Test series between India & England starting on August 4 will mark the beginning of the Second WTC Cycle. India & England will lock horns in the first test beginning from August 4 while Australia will play against England in the five-match test series later this year in the Ashes competition.

As per the report in ESPNcricinfo, these tours will be the only two series that have five test matches in the second WTC cycle. As per the reports, Australia will tour India in 2022 for four test matches. The ICC has not yet decided on the schedule & the venue for the summit clash. Teams are slated to play three home & three away series & the tours which were postponed due to COVID-19 in the opening WTC Cycle will not be carried ahead.

India will play 19 tests while Australia & South Africa will play in 15 tests. While England will compete in 21 test matches that is the most by any team in the second WTC Cycle. ICC has decided to allot the same number of points for each test. A tie will give each team six points while a draw will help them to earn four points. 12 points will be allotted to the winning team for each match they have played while one point of the teams can be deducted to maintain slow over rates.

“Instead of keeping each series being worth the same number of points, 120, irrespective of whether the series is played over two tests or five tests, the next WTC cycle will see each match being worth the same number of points- a maximum of 12 points per match”, ESPNcricinfo quoted the ICC’s acting chief executive officer Geoff Allardice as saying.

“Teams will be ranked on the percentage of the available points they have won from the matches they have played. The aim was to try & simplify the points system & to allow the teams to be more meaningfully compared on the table at any point, though they may have played differing numbers of matches & series”, Allardice added in his statement.

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