The last berth of ICC Test Championship has put a question mark in everyone’s mind, as England had a victory over India in the first test match at Chennai on 10th February by 227 runs. India looked totally clueless against England’s mighty bowling line up on day 5 and got all out on 192 while chasing 419. Before the start of the series, India was at the top of the ICC Test Championship chart. Now England has encroached the first spot post conclusion of the first test match of the series.
At the beginning of this month, New Zealand became the first team to qualify for the ICC Test Championship finals, which will happen at Lord’s after Australia’s tour of South Africa got called off due to the awful Covid situation in South Africa. Now only three teams India, England, and Australia are the contenders for the remaining one spot of the first-ever final of ICC Test Championship. Let’s have a look at the qualification scenarios for India and others for ICC Test Championship Final.
How Can India Qualify?
Things are tough for India but not impossible. India has lost the inaugural match of the test series but it has happened in the past also. Like in 2016 india lost the first test match against Australia but ended up winning the series by 2-1. Another fresh instance is the latest Border-Gavaskar test series where India retained the series (2-1) after losing the first test match. In order to qualify for the finals of the ICC Test Championship India has to win the series by 2-1, or 3-1.
How Can England Qualify?
England now is very pumped up after defeating India in the first test match. They will obviously look forward to winning the test series by 3-0, 2-0, or 3-1 in order to qualify for the finals of the ICC Test Championship. It will be interesting to see how England fare India in the remaining test matches.
How Can Australia Qualify?
As a matter of fact, Australia can’t do anything but pray. Australia had a fat chance of sealing a place in the finals but unfortunately, Covid-19 took it away. Australia’s qualification depends on the ongoing India-England test series. If the series is drawn by 2-2 or 1-1 then Aussies can qualify. The Other chance of the ticket to the finals is if England wins the series by 1-0, 2-0, or 2-1.