The International Cricket Council on Wednesday announced the dates for the World Test Championship 2021-23 final. The mouth-watering game will be played at the London Oval, from 7 to 11 June with a reserve day in place (12 June).
The ICC took to its official social media handles to make the announcement.
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“The dates for the ICC World Test Championship Final later this year have been revealed," the global cricketing body wrote on Twitter.
Back in 2021, Kane Williamson-led New Zealand had won the inaugural edition, defeating India by eight wickets in the final in Southampton.
The current scenario of WTC 2021-23
Australia leads the nine-team points table for the ongoing cycle with a healthy points percentage of 75.56, followed by India at 58.93. The two teams are set to face off in a four-match Test series, beginning 9 February in Nagpur, and the eventual result will play a significant part in determining the eventual finalists.
Sri Lanka (53.33%) and South Africa (48.72%) too, who take the third and fourth positions respectively, are in with a chance. Sri Lanka have two away Tests against New Zealand remaining in the ongoing cycle, while South Africa’s last assignment is the two-match home series against the West Indies.
What the four captains have to say on making it to the WTC 2021-23 final?
Pat Cummins, Australia: “The prospect of playing in the World Test Championship Final has been a big motivator for us over the last couple of years, more so now having missed out on over rates last time."
Rohit Sharma, India: “There have been so many dramatic moments in Test cricket lately, and there are undoubtedly more to come. I am excited by the prospect of booking our place at the Final and hopefully creating history later in the year."
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Dimuth Karunaratne, Sri Lanka: “Sri Lanka still has a good chance of making it to the World Test Championship Final. We have done well to be among the top contenders, and if we can complete a good Test series on the upcoming New Zealand tour, our chances of making it to the Final will look like a greater possibility."
Dean Elgar, South Africa: “While we may have an outside chance of qualification for the World Test Championship Final, there’s no greater encouragement than the thought of playing for silverware in such a historic format at such a historic ground."
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