After keeping the fans excited for so many years, the ICC finally launched the Test championship which fittingly began with a clash between cricket’s oldest rivals, England and Australia. The championship will go on for the next couple of years with teams playing a bunch of home and away series.
In the coming weeks, we could see some experts raising concerns over some of the scheduling done, but the format definitely looks interesting. Nine teams will be taking part in the tournament and each team will be playing six opponents. On 10th June 2021, the two teams with most points will contest for the trophy and this finale will be hosted by cricket’s pilgrimage center, The Lord’s.
A lot of purist cricket fans have been eagerly waiting for this to happen and the ICC is hopeful that fans from all streams will come in to enjoy this cricketing extravaganza.
Here’s our prediction of what the positions of each team could be at the end of the tournament in June 2021:
9. West Indies
Perhaps the weakest Test team among all has to be the Caribbean side. They do have a lot of flair when we talk about their white-ball cricket, but against the red ball, they have struggled and their fixtures aren’t easy as well. Their first assignment in the Test championship will be against the mighty Indians, which includes 2 Tests.
They will also host South Africa and Sri Lanka for two Tests each. It will be interesting to see if they can churn out points against Sri Lanka but to win the series against South Africa will be very difficult. Jason Holder has a couple of decent fast bowlers who are showing promise, but their batting department still looks relatively weak.
Their away fixtures pose an even difficult task, which includes three Tests against Bangladesh in Asian spinning conditions. They will also travel to England and New Zealand to play three Tests each, neither of which seems a task within their reach to complete.
Home fixtures – India (2 Tests), South Africa (2 Tests), Sri Lanka (2 Tests)
Away fixtures – Bangladesh (3 Tests), England (3 Tests), New Zealand (3 Tests)
Teams they will not play – Australia and Pakistan