Why is Australia atop India in the ICC World Test Championship and what is the changed point system?

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The ICC World Test Championships have now secured a new modified points system after the International Cricket Council confirmed the development. The main reason for the introduction of a new points system was because of the majority of the series that were affected due to the coronavirus pandemic. The suggestions were made by the cricket committee which is chaired by former Indian captain and spinner Anil Kumble and has obtained approval from the ICC board of directors. This new development is interesting as it has placed Australia at the top of the ICC World Test Championship standings while India is second. The next round of four tests could be a preview of the final of the ICC World Test Championship which is set to take place in June 2021 at Lord’s.

What is the new point system and why are Australia now leading India at the ICC World Test Championships? Here are some of the answers to the questions.

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What is the new modified points system in the ICC test world championship?

This new modified points system suggests that the points earned by a team will be calculated as a percentage of the points that were to be won. The maximum that a team can score is 720 points.

Why is this new system in place now?

Many cricket rounds have been postponed or suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The old system could have been “unfair” to other teams and it is an ICC method for each team to have a fair chance.

How it works?

Take for example the number of points accumulated by India and Australia so far in the World Test Championships. India has accumulated 360 points out of the 480 it played in four rounds of tests. Australia have 296 points out of a total of 360 points played in three test series they have played in. Thus, the percentage is calculated by the total points divided by the points disputed in 100.

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How does this change the points table?

Under the new points system, this puts Australia in the lead. With 296 points out of 360, their percentage points increase to 82.2 while that of India falls to 75%. This next round of four tests will now take on considerable significance, as a serial loss to India could knock them out of the first two.

What impact does this have on all the teams?

The points table, in reality, might not be affected much. Of all the teams, only England and New Zealand have a realistic chance of making it into the top two in the event that India and Australia fail. New Zealand have two series remaining against the West Indies and Pakistan while England have a series of five major tries against India slated for February. If New Zealand wins all of their tests, England manages to beat India and Australia loses to South Africa, then the ICC World Test Championship could be interesting.

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Will the remaining series be over?

England’s streak against Sri Lanka could be tight before June as Sri Lanka’s test against Bangladesh is still in limbo. The West Indies’ streak against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is also uncertain as the third wave of coronavirus hits the world. The ICC has said it will be determined to complete each round before the final in June 2021.

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