Test sides gear for a grand final
TEST cricket will get a grand final and meaningless one- day games will be axed after the International Cricket Council agreed to make every match worth winning.
The first World Test League Championship Final will be held in 2021 after nine Test nations play six series each over two years – three home and three away – most likely beginning with the 2019 Ashes.
Series can be two to five games and points will be allocated by a system yet to be decided. Then every two years the top two nations will faceoff in a clash to decide Test cricket’s best team, with a massive cash prize on offer.
The changes could cost two Tests per nation per calendar year, but Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland said the increased context around every individual match would negate any loss of games.
“I think the prestige and engagement with Test cricket will be higher if we make it more precious,” he said.
“This is the first time there has been broad structure and context for international cricket. In their own way, series between countries have their own context.
“But the broader context of a league and championship provides a really strong narrative for fans.”