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newscricketa month ago

England needs to get better to attain No.1 rankings in Tests, admits Joe Root

Ahead of the third Test against Pakistan, Joe Root has claimed that the home team needs to get better in all aspects to attain the No.1 team ranking in the longest format. However, the Test skipper did not reveal any of his tactics or the playing XI for the final Test of the English summer.
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newscricket2 months ago

Test Championship postponement depends on the number of series rescheduled, reveals Geoff Allardice

ICC GM (Cricket Operations) Geoff Allardice has admitted that whether or not the ICC postpones the World Test Championship, depends on the number of rescheduled series. Allardice has also confirmed that the ICC has no official role to play in organising bi-lateral series of any kind.
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newscricket5 months ago

ICC Test Championship points system is ridiculous, asserts Michael Holding

Michael Holding has questioned the point system that is used for the Test Championship as he found it incorrect to award the teams same points for a two-match series and a five-match series. He has also warned that once the scenario for the final is clear, other games will become inconsequential.
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newscricket5 months ago

Reports | BCCI, CA, ECB lead campaign to call off Test Championship cycle

With the coronavirus outbreak having a solid grip on the sporting activities, the big three have written to the ICC, asking for the Test Championship Cycle and the proposed one-day international (ODI) league to be scrapped. ECB have also conveyed to the ICC that the FTP also needs to be "revisited".
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newscricket6 months ago

ICC should extend duration of Test Championship to make things fair, opines Misbah-Ul-Haq

Pakistan head coach Misbah-Ul-Haq desires for the ICC to extend the duration of the ICC World Test Championship to make the competition fair, as cricket comes to a standstill owing to the novel coronavirus. The final of the World Test Championship is set to be played at Lord's in 2021.
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newscricket6 months ago

Don’t have to be Einstein to know Bangladesh tour is unlikely amid COVID-19, admits Tim Paine

Australian Test captain Tim Paine has admitted that the two-match Test tour of Bangladesh, scheduled for June, will most likely be postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. A 2-0 win against Bangladesh would’ve taken the Aussies above India in the maiden World Test Championship (WTC) points table.
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newscricket6 months ago

ICC Test Championship meaningless without Indo-Pak matches, feels Waqar Younis

Waqar Younis feels that the ICC World Test Championship, the first cycle of which kicked off in 2019, is meaningless without India and Pakistan matches. The last time India and Pakistan played a Test series was way back in the 2007/08 season, with H2H clashes curtailed due to political tension.
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newscricket6 months ago

One game doesn’t make us bad players of short ball, affirms Ajinkya Rahane

Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has insisted one poor game in hostile conditions in New Zealand does not make the Indian batsmen bad players of the short-ball. Rahane further added that the key for the team was to learn from the defeat and prepare better for the Australia tour later this year.
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newscricket7 months ago

Test cricket must be five days because it is 'Test,' says Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble, chairman of the ICC's Cricket Committee, has made it very clear that a Test match has to be five days long and he does not endorse the proposal to make four-day Test cricket mandatory. Kumble also expressed his gladness that many players, including Virat Kohli, share the same views.
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newscricket7 months ago

ICC World Test Championship 2019-21 | India remain top of table despite loss to New Zealand

Team India remains at the top of the points table of the World Test Championship with 360 points despite the humiliating 10-wicket loss to New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington in the first Test of the two-match Test series. This was India’s first loss since the Test championship started.
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