Australians rewarded ahead of WTC final
The Australian test team raised US $ 450,000 (A $ 583,000) for finishing third in the inaugural World Test Championship, as the ICC revealed that the winners of this week’s final will receive 1.6 million US dollars.
New Zealand and India will meet at the Rose Bowl in Southampton from Friday, with US $ 800,000 offered for the finalist, while the $ 2.4 million prize pool will be split evenly if the match is a draw or a tie.
The winner will also win the Test Championship mace, which had previously been awarded to the team that held the top spot in the Test Team Rankings as of the annual ICC deadline in April.
Australia missed the opportunity to advance to the final of the World Trials Championship when the three-trial tour to South Africa was canceled in February.
They were also awarded four WTC points by the ICC (in addition to a 40 percent fine of player match fees) for being twice below the target over-rate in the Boxing Day test.
The penalty came back to eat away at them when the South Africa tour was called off, which confirmed New Zealand’s place in the WTC final. India went on to beat England in a home series to ensure they were in the final as well.
England finished fourth and will win US $ 350,000 while Pakistan, fifth, will claim US $ 200,000 while the West Indies, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will each receive US $ 100,000.
Ahead of this week’s finale, which will be broadcast in Australia by Fox Cricket and Kayo, the ICC has confirmed the percentage point system introduced last November in response to the large number of series canceled due to the impacts of the COVID pandemic. -19. is to remain in place for the next cycle which runs until 2023.
“We’re going to stick with the percentage of points earned method to rank teams,” said ICC interim general manager Geoff Allardice.
“I think that percentage served us well in the second half of the competition.
“One of the things that happened during this cycle was that it became apparent that not everyone was going to finish their six series because of the postponements.
“Because we’ve had teams playing an odd number of series, we’ve made it our business to tweak the point system and make it as fair as possible.”
“Now we can put in a standardized number of points per test match, it doesn’t matter if it’s a two-test series or five tests.
“The same number of points will be available for each game played. Each team will be judged on the percentage of points and not on the total.”
Allardice also praised WTC’s success in adding more context to the five-day game.
“Twelve months ago we looked to the future with great uncertainty, halfway through the first round of the Test Championship,” said Allardice.
“But as we led the last two rounds of the competition, we had four teams vying for the two places in the final and in the minds of a lot of people these last three or four months have painted a picture of what the future might look like for the WTC.
“It was obvious that the interest in some series was not limited to the two teams involved.
“It came from all over the world of cricket and bringing that kind of context to Test Cricket was a real step forward.”