Saturday, March 2, 2024

Australia’s tour of South Africa gets postponed: Its effect on the World Test Championship

A new development yesterday has totally changed the course of the world test championship. Cricket Australia has postponed the test series between Australia and South Africa. Because of that news, New Zealand have certainly qualified for the finals of the world test championship.

Australia’s tour of South Africa was scheduled for March this year. Due to the second wave of coronavirus and a new strain, there are very few chances of this series happening in the future. Australia and South Africa’s hopes of playing the final of the test championship at Lord’s were depended on this series. South Africa is now absolutely out of this tournament. Australia will eagerly wait for the results of the test series between India and England.

Australia and South Africa have been disqualified from a race before the race could even start. There are some other aspects attached to this news, which sadly no one is talking about. Plenty of things happen before a cricket match starts. Some people do a lot of work before the first ball is bowled in a cricket match. When a cricket series gets postponed or canceled, the teams are not the real sufferers, but these people are. The teams will certainly play in some other country, but these people will not have any alternative.

Also, the Pakistani women’s team traveled to South Africa last month. They played 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is there. Cricket South Africa (CSA) managed to organize that series quite perfectly. There was an image on the internet last week, which mentioned thousands of people watching a cricket match between two women teams. That image was of this series only.

The other team that will play the final of the test cricket championship will be decided after the test series between India and England. There are three contenders for that position. Let’s understand the situation of qualification in detail.

India’s chances of qualifying

India is placed on the top of the points table right now. They need to win at least two of the tests against England to qualify.

India can afford to lose one test match. Anything more than that will cancel the chances of qualifying for the final.

Results that will help India – 4-0, 3-0, 3-1, 2-0, 2-1

England’s chances of qualifying

England is placed at the fourth position in the points table right now. They need to win at least 3 test matches to qualify. If India manages to win one test match, then England will need to win the other three to qualify.

Results that will help England – 4-0, 3-0, 3-1

Australia’s chances of qualifying

Australia is third on the points table. They will qualify for the final only if the series between India and England ends in a draw.

The final of the test championship will be played on 18th June 2021. If Australia manages to travel to South Africa before the deadline, then the entire story will again see a change.

Ankit Anand
Ankit Anand
Writer. Poet. Avid Cricket Fan. Marketing Geek. I read more than I write. I listen more than I speak. I have been following cricket longer before I learned the meaning of the word 'Following.'
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