2019–21 ICC World Test Championship

The 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship is the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship of Test cricket.[1] It started from 1 August 2019 with the first Test of the 2019 Ashes series,[2] and will finish with a final at Lord's in England in June 2021.[3]

2019–21 ICC World Test Championship
2019–21 ICC World Test Championship Logo.jpg
ICC World Test Championship 2019–21 Logo
Dates1 August 2019 – 14 June 2021
Administrator(s)International Cricket Council
Cricket formatTest cricket
Tournament format(s)League and Final
Participants9

It comes nearly a decade after the International Cricket Council (ICC) first approved the idea for a World Test Championship in 2010, and following two cancelled attempts to hold the inaugural competition in 2013 and 2017.

It featured nine of the twelve Test playing nations,[4][5] each of whom did play a Test series against six of the other eight teams. Each series consisted of between two and five matches, so although all teams played six series (three at home and three away), they did not play the same number of Tests. Each team were able to score a maximum of 120 points from each series and the two teams with the most points at the end of the league stage would contest the final.[6] In the case of a draw or a tie in the final, the two teams playing the final would be declared joint champions.[6]

Some of the Test series in this Championship were part of a longer ongoing series, such as the 2019 Ashes series.[6] Also, some of these nine teams would play additional Test matches during this period which were not part of this Championship, as part of the ICC Future Tours Programme for 2018–23, mainly to give games to the three Test playing sides not taking part in this competition.[6] On 29 July 2019, the ICC officially launched the World Test Championship.[7]

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted on the Championship, with several rounds of matches being postponed. In April 2020, following a Chief Executives' meeting, the ICC announced that it would look at the future of the scheduling at a later date, once there is a better understanding of the impact of the pandemic on cricket.[8][9] In November 2020, the ICC announced that the finalists would be decided by percentage of points earned.[10][11]

FormatEdit

The tournament was played over two years. Each team played six other opponents, three at home and three away. Each series consisted of between two and five Test matches. Therefore, all participants did not play the same number of Tests, but played the same number of series. At the end of the league stage the top two teams played in the final[12] Each match were scheduled for a duration of five days. All players involved had a squad number, even if they had never made their debuts in ODI or T20I teams.

Point scoringEdit

The ICC decided that the same number of points would be available from each series, regardless of series length, so that countries that played fewer Tests were not disadvantaged. It also decided that points would not be awarded for series results, but for match results only. These would be split equally between all the matches in the series, regardless of whether or not a match was a dead rubber,[13] so that every match counted.[14] In a five-match series, therefore, 20% of the points would be available each match, while in a two-match series, 50% of the points would be available each match.

Therefore, depending on whether the series is 2, 3, 4 or 5 matches long, the number of points awarded for a single match win would be a half, a third, a quarter, or a fifth of the maximum possible from the series. The ICC also decided that a tie should be worth half of a win and that a draw should be worth a third of a win.[15] This all meant that after each match, a side could be awarded a half, a third, a quarter, a fifth, a sixth, an eighth, a ninth, a tenth, a twelfth or a fifteenth of the total points available from the series, depending on the result and how many matches the series happened to consist of. Ultimately, this meant a figure for the total points available from the series needs to be picked very carefully, as not many numbers give all integers when split into all these different fractions (360 does). Being a highly composite number, when 120 was split into all these fractions, an integer was obtained in all cases except one - the points awarded for a draw in a 3-match series should be 13​13 (a third of a third of 120), but the ​13 had been dropped.

Each series were therefore carry a maximum of 120 points with points distributed as follows.

Distributions of points in ICC World Test Championship[16]
Matches in series Points for a win Points for a tie Points for a draw Points for a defeat
2 60 30 20 0
3 40 20 13 0
4 30 15 10 0
5 24 12 8 0

A team that was behind the required over rate at the end of a match would have two competition points deducted for each over it was behind.[17] In January 2020, South Africa became the first team to be docked World Test Championship points, after a slow over-rate in the fourth Test against England.[18]

ParticipantsEdit

The nine full members of the ICC participated were:

Since each team played only six of the eight possible opponents, the ICC announced that India and Pakistan would not play against each other in the first and second editions of the tournament.

The three full members of the ICC who did not participate:

Afghanistan

Ireland

Zimbabwe

These were the three lowest ranked full members of the ICC. They had been included in the ICC Future Tours Programme; they played a number of Test matches during this period against Championship participants and each other[19] but these did not have bearing on the Championship.[20]

ScheduleEdit

The schedule for the World Test Championship was announced by the ICC on 20 June 2018, as part of the 2018–2023 Future Tours Programme.[21]

Home \ Away                  
Australia   4 matches
Dec 2020- Jan 2021
3–0 [3] 2–0 [2]
Bangladesh   2 matches
Postponed
2 matches
Postponed
2 matches
Feb 2021
England   2–2 [5] 1–0 [3] 2–1 [3]
India   2–0 [2] 4 matches
Feb 2021
3–0 [3]
New Zealand   2–0 [2] 2–0 [2] 2–0 [2]
Pakistan   1–0* [2] 2 matches
Jan 2021
1–0 [2]
South Africa   3 matches
Feb 2021
1–3 [4] 2–0 [2]
Sri Lanka   2 matches
Apr 2021
2 matches
Jan 2021
1–1 [2]
West Indies   0–2 [2] 2 matches
Postponed
2 matches
Feb 2021
Updated to match(es) played on 14 December 2020. The numbers in square brackets are the numbers of matches in the series. Source: icc-cricket
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Therefore, the total number of matches played by each team (home and away) in this tournament, and the two countries that each side did not face in this tournament, were as follows. (Note this was not the total Test matches played by each team during this period, as some countries did play further matches during this period which were not part of this Championship, as part of the ICC Future Tours Programme for 2018–23. Some of these may be against the opponents they did not play in this Championship.)

Team Total matches Home matches Away matches Did not play against
  Australia 19 9 10   Sri Lanka and   West Indies
  Bangladesh 12 6 6   England and   South Africa
  England 21 11 10   Bangladesh and   New Zealand
  India 17 9 8   Pakistan and   Sri Lanka
  New Zealand 13 6 7   England and   South Africa
  Pakistan 13 6 7   India and   West Indies
  South Africa 16 9 7   Bangladesh and   New Zealand
  Sri Lanka 12 6 6   Australia and   India
  West Indies 13 6 7   Australia and   Pakistan

Variations in strength of opponentsEdit

Rather than being a full round-robin tournament in which everyone played everyone else equally, each team played only six of the other eight. Each team played a different set of opponents, and so can be considered as having an easier or harder schedule.

All the series were mutually agreed between the two nations involved;[22] this had led to allegations that the schedule has been agreed based on what would provide the biggest television audiences, and therefore television receipts,[23] rather than selecting an even spread of teams.

COVID-19 pandemicEdit

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted on international cricket fixtures, including matches in the Championship. In March 2020, the second Test match between Pakistan and Bangladesh was postponed due to the pandemic.[24] Later the same month, the two-match series between Sri Lanka and England was also postponed.[25] The following month saw Australia's tour to Bangladesh and the West Indies tour to England being postponed.[26][27] In June 2020, the two-match series between Bangladesh and New Zealand and the three-match series between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh were both postponed.[28][29] South Africa's tour of the West Indies was postponed, after the fixtures clashed with the West Indies rescheduled tour to England.[30][31]

On 20 July 2020, the ICC announced that both the 2020 and 2021 editions of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup had each been postponed by one year due to the pandemic.[32] On 29 July 2020, the ICC confirmed that their attention had moved to the fixtures in the World Test Championship, with their priority on rescheduling the six Test series that had been postponed.[33]

League stageEdit

League tableEdit

Pos Team Series Matches PC PCT Ded Points RpW Ratio
P W L D P W L D T
1   Australia 4* 2 0 1 13 8 3 2 0 450 0.738 4[a] 332 1.456
2   India 5* 3 1 0 12 8 3 1 0 570 0.702 0 400 1.680
3   New Zealand 5 3 1 1 11 7 4 0 0 600 0.700 0 420 1.281
4   England 5* 3 0 1 15 8 4 3 0 480 0.608 0 292 1.223
5   South Africa 3 1 2 0 9 3 6 0 0 360 0.400 6[b] 144 0.682
6   Pakistan 4.5 1 3 0 10 2 5 3 0 540 0.307 0 166 0.720
7   Sri Lanka 4* 0 2 1 6 1 4 1 0 360 0.222 0 80 0.556
8   West Indies 3 0 3 0 7 1 6 0 0 360 0.111 0 40 0.493
9   Bangladesh 1.5 0 1 0 3 0 3 0 0 180 0.000 0 0 0.351
Last updated: 14 January 2021. Source:International Cricket Council[36]
  1. ^ Australia were deducted 4 points for a slow over rate in the second Test against India on 29 December 2020.[34]
  2. ^ South Africa were deducted 6 points for a slow over rate in the fourth Test against England on 27 January 2020.[35]
  • The two teams with highest PCT advance to the final.
  • If two teams are tied on points, the team that won more series shall be ranked higher. If teams are still equal, then the team with the higher runs per wicket ratio shall be ranked higher. The runs per wicket ratio is calculated as runs scored per wicket lost, divided by, runs conceded per wicket taken.[37]
  • *indicates ongoing series

2019Edit

The Ashes (England v Australia)Edit

1–5 August 2019
Scorecard
Australia  
284 (80.4 overs)
&
487/7d (112 overs)
v
  England
374 (135.5 overs)
&
146 (52.3 overs)
Australia won by 251 runs
Edgbaston, Birmingham
Points: Australia 24, England 0
14–18 August 2019
Scorecard
England  
258 (77.1 overs)
&
258/5d (71 overs)
v
  Australia
250 (94.3 overs)
&
154/6 (47.3 overs)
Match drawn
Lord's, London
Points: Australia 8, England 8
22–26 August 2019
Scorecard
Australia  
179 (52.1 overs)
&
246 (75.2 overs)
v
  England
67 (27.5 overs)
&
362/9 (125.4 overs)
England won by 1 wicket
Headingley, Leeds
Points: England 24, Australia 0
4–8 September 2019
Scorecard
Australia  
497/8d (126 overs)
&
186/6d (42.5 overs)
v
  England
301 (107 overs)
&
197 (91.3 overs)
Australia won by 185 runs
Old Trafford, Manchester
Points: Australia 24, England 0
12–16 September 2019
Scorecard
England  
294 (87.1 overs)
&
329 (95.3 overs)
v
  Australia
225 (68.5 overs)
&
263 (76.6 overs)
England won by 135 runs
The Kia Oval, London
Points: England 24, Australia 0

Sri Lanka v New ZealandEdit

14–18 August 2019
Scorecard
New Zealand  
249 (83.2 overs)
&
285 (106 overs)
v
  Sri Lanka
267 (93.2 overs)
&
268/4 (86.1 overs)
22–26 August 2019
Scorecard
Sri Lanka  
244 (90.2 overs)
&
122 (70.2 overs)
v
  New Zealand
431/6d (115 overs)

West Indies v IndiaEdit

22–26 August 2019
Scorecard
India  
297 (96.4 overs)
&
343/7d (112.3 overs)
v
  West Indies
222 (74.2 overs)
&
100 (26.5 overs)
30 August–3 September 2019
Scorecard
India  
416 (140.1 overs)
&
168/4d (54.4 overs)
v
  West Indies
117 (47.1 overs)
&
210 (59.5 overs)
India won by 257 runs
Sabina Park, Jamaica
Points: India 60, West Indies 0

2019–20Edit

Freedom Trophy (India v South Africa)Edit

2–6 October 2019
Scorecard
India  
502/7d (136 overs)
&
323/4d (67 overs)
v
  South Africa
431 (131.2 overs)
&
191 (63.5 overs)
10–14 October 2019
Scorecard
India  
601/5d (156.3 overs)
v
  South Africa
275 (105.4 overs)
&
189 (67.2 overs) (f/o)
19–23 October 2019
Scorecard
India  
497/9d (116.3 overs)
v
  South Africa
162 (56.2 overs)
&
133 (48 overs) (f/o)

Ganguly–Durjoy Trophy (India v Bangladesh)Edit

14–18 November 2019
Scorecard
Bangladesh  
150 (58.3 overs)
&
213 (69.2 overs)
v
  India
493/6d (114 overs)
22–26 November 2019 (D/N)
Scorecard
Bangladesh  
106 (30.3 overs)
&
195 (41.1 overs)
v
  India
347/9d (89.4 overs)

Australia v PakistanEdit

21–25 November 2019
Scorecard
Pakistan  
240 (86.2 overs)
&
335 (84.2 overs)
v
  Australia
580 (157.4 overs)
29 November – 3 December 2019 (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia  
3/589d (127 overs)
v
  Pakistan
302 (94.4 overs)
&
239 (82 overs) (f/o)

Pakistan v Sri LankaEdit

11–15 December 2019
Scorecard
Sri Lanka  
308/6d (97 overs)
v
  Pakistan
252/2 (70 overs)
Match drawn
Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi
Points: Pakistan 20, Sri Lanka 20
19–23 December 2019
Scorecard
Pakistan  
191 (59.3 overs)
&
555/3d (131 overs)
v
  Sri Lanka
271 (85.5 overs)
&
212 (62.5 overs)
Pakistan won by 263 runs
National Stadium, Karachi
Points: Pakistan 60, Sri Lanka 0

Trans-Tasman Trophy (Australia v New Zealand)Edit

12–16 December 2019 (D/N)
Scorecard
Australia  
416 (146.2 overs)
&
9/217d (69.1 overs)
v
  New Zealand
166 (55.2 overs)
&
171 (65.3 overs)
Australia won by 296 runs
Perth Stadium, Perth
Points: Australia 40, New Zealand 0
26–30 December 2019
Scorecard
Australia  
467 (155.1 overs)
&
5/168d (54.2 overs)
v
  New Zealand
148 (54.5 overs)
&
240 (71 overs)
3–7 January 2020
Scorecard
Australia  
454 (150.1 overs)
&
2/217d (52 overs)
v
  New Zealand
256 (95.4 overs)
&
136 (47.5 overs)
Australia won by 279 runs
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Points: Australia 40, New Zealand 0

Basil D'Oliveira Trophy (South Africa v England)Edit

26–30 December 2019
Scorecard
South Africa  
284 (84.3 overs)
&
272 (61.4 overs)
v
  England
181 (53.2 overs)
&
268 (93 overs)
South Africa won by 107 runs
Centurion Park, Centurion
Points: South Africa 30, England 0
3–7 January 2020
Scorecard
England  
269 (91.5 overs)
&
391/8d (111 overs)
v
  South Africa
223 (89 overs)
&
248 (137.4 overs)
England won by 189 runs
PPC Newlands, Cape Town
Points: England 30, South Africa 0
16–20 January 2020
Scorecard
England  
499/9d (152 overs)
v
  South Africa
209 (86.4 overs)
&
237 (88.5 overs)(f/o)
24–28 January 2020
Scorecard
England  
400 (98.2 overs)
&
248 (61.3 overs)
v
  South Africa
183 (68.3 overs)
&
274 (77.1 overs)
England won by 191 runs
Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
Points: England 30, South Africa –6

Pakistan v BangladeshEdit

7–11 February 2020
Scorecard
Bangladesh  
233 (82.5 overs)
&
168 (62.2 overs)
v
  Pakistan
445 (122.5 overs)

New Zealand v IndiaEdit

21–25 February 2020
Scorecard
India  
165 (68.1 overs)
&
191 (81 overs)
v
  New Zealand
348 (100.2 overs)
&
9/0 (1.4 overs)
29 February–4 March 2020
Scorecard
India  
242 (63 overs)
&
124 (46 overs)
v
  New Zealand
235 (73.1 overs)
&
132/3 (36 overs)

2020Edit

Wisden Trophy (England v West Indies)Edit

8–12 July 2020
Scorecard
England  
204 (67.3 overs)
&
313 (111.2 overs)
v
  West Indies
318 (102 overs)
&
200/6 (64.2 overs)
West Indies won by 4 wickets
Rose Bowl, Southampton
Points: West Indies 40, England 0
16–20 July 2020
Scorecard
England  
469/9d (162 overs)
&
129/3d (19 overs)
v
  West Indies
287 (99 overs)
&
198 (70.1 overs)
England won by 113 runs
Old Trafford, Manchester
Points: England 40, West Indies 0
24–28 July 2020
Scorecard
England  
369 (111.5 overs)
&
226/2d (58 overs)
v
  West Indies
197 (65 overs)
&
129 (37.1 overs)
England won by 269 runs
Old Trafford, Manchester
Points: England 40, West Indies 0

England v PakistanEdit

5–9 August 2020
Scorecard
Pakistan  
326 (109.3 overs)
&
169 (46.4 overs)
v
  England
219 (70.3 overs)
&
277/7 (82.1 overs)
England won by 3 wickets
Old Trafford, Manchester
Points: England 40, Pakistan 0
13–17 August 2020
Scorecard
Pakistan  
236 (91.2 overs)
v
  England
110/4d (43.1 overs)
Match drawn
Rose Bowl, Southampton
Points: England 13, Pakistan 13
21–25 August 2020
Scorecard
England  
583/8d (154.4 overs)
v
  Pakistan
273 (93 overs)
&
187/4 (83.1 overs) (f/o)
Match drawn
Rose Bowl, Southampton
Points: England 13, Pakistan 13

2020–21Edit

New Zealand v West IndiesEdit

3–7 December 2020
Scorecard
New Zealand  
519/7d (145 overs)
v
  West Indies
138 (64 overs)
&
247 (58.5 overs) (f/o)
11–15 December 2020
Scorecard
New Zealand  
460 (114 overs)
v
  West Indies
131 (56.4 overs)
&
317 (79.1 overs) (f/o)

Border–Gavaskar Trophy (Australia v India)Edit

17–21 December 2020 (D/N)
Scorecard
India  
244 (93.1 overs)
&
36 (21.2 overs)
v
  Australia
191 (72.1 overs)
&
2/93 (21 overs)
26–30 December 2020
Scorecard
Australia  
195 (72.3 overs)
&
200 (103.1 overs)
v
  India
326 (115.1 overs)
&
2/70 (15.5 overs)
7–11 January 2021
Scorecard
Australia  
338 (105.4 overs)
&
6/312d (87 overs)
v
  India
244 (100.4 overs)
&
5/334 (131 overs)
Match drawn
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Points: Australia 10, India 10
15–19 January 2021
Scorecard
Australia  
369 (115.2  overs)
&
0/21 (6 overs)
v
  India
336 (111.4 overs)

New Zealand v PakistanEdit

26–30 December 2020
Scorecard
New Zealand  
431 (155 overs)
&
180/5d (45.3 overs)
v
  Pakistan
239 (102.2 overs)
&
271 (123.3 overs)
New Zealand won by 101 runs
Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Points: New Zealand 60, Pakistan 0
3–7 January 2021
Scorecard
Pakistan  
297 (83.5 overs)
&
186 (81.4 overs)
v
  New Zealand
659/6d (158.5 overs)

South Africa v Sri LankaEdit

26–30 December 2020
Scorecard
Sri Lanka  
396 (96 overs)
&
180 (46.1 overs)
v
  South Africa
621 (142.1 overs)
3–7 January 2021
Scorecard
Sri Lanka  
157 (40.3 overs)
&
211 (56.5 overs)
v
  South Africa
302 (75.4 overs)
&
67/0 (13.2 overs)

Sri Lanka v EnglandEdit

The two-match Test series was originally scheduled for March 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[38]

14–18 January 2021
Scorecard
Sri Lanka  
135 (46.1 overs)
&
359 (136.5 overs)
v
  England
421 (117.1 overs)
&
38/3 (15 overs)
22–26 January 2021
Scorecard
v
  England

Pakistan v South AfricaEdit

26–30 January 2021
Scorecard
v

Bangladesh v West IndiesEdit

Originally was a three-match series scheduled for January 2021.

Anthony de Mello Trophy (India v England)Edit

5–9 February 2021
Scorecard
India  
v
  England
13–17 February 2021
Scorecard
India  
v
  England
24–28 February 2021 (D/N)
Scorecard
India  
v
  England
4–8 March 2021
Scorecard
India  
v
  England

South Africa v AustraliaEdit

February 2021
v

TBD
February 2021
v

TBD
February 2021
v

TBD

Sobers–Tissera Trophy (West Indies v Sri Lanka)Edit

February 2021
v

TBD
February 2021
v

TBD

Sri Lanka v BangladeshEdit

This series originally comprised three Test matches and was scheduled for July–August 2020, then postponed to October 2020, but was rescheduled again due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are currently talks to schedule the tour in April 2021 but with only two Tests instead of three.

April 2021
v

TBD
April 2021
v

TBD

Postponed due to COVID-19Edit

Bangladesh v AustraliaEdit

This series was originally scheduled for June 2020 but was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TBD
v

TBD
TBD
v

TBD

West Indies v South AfricaEdit

This series was originally scheduled for July–August 2020 but was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TBD
v

TBD
TBD
v

TBD

Bangladesh v New ZealandEdit

This series was originally scheduled for August–September 2020 but was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

TBD
v

TBD
TBD
v

TBD

Pakistan v Bangladesh (2nd Test)Edit

The match was originally scheduled to take place in April 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[24] In September 2020, the match was rescheduled to take place in October 2020.[39] However, the PCB issued a further statement saying it would be postponed until the 2021–22 season, due to a busy fixture schedule.[40]

5 - 9 April 2021
v
Match postponed
National Stadium, Karachi

Final matchEdit

Originally scheduled for 10–14 June 2021.

TBD
TBD
v
TBD

StatisticsEdit

Individual statisticsEdit

Most runsEdit

Batsman Mat Inns NO Runs Ave HS 100s 50s
  Marnus Labuschagne 13* 22 0 1650 75.00 215 5 9
  Steve Smith 13* 21 1 1286 64.30 211 4 6
  Ben Stokes 13 24 3 1131 53.85 176 4 4
  Joe Root 15 27 2 1095 43.80 228 1 8
  Ajinkya Rahane 13* 21 3 959 53.28 115 3 5
[*=in progress] Last Update: 16 January 2021[41]

Most wicketsEdit

Bowler Mat Inns Wkts Runs Overs BBI BBM Avg 5WI 10WM
  Stuart Broad 15 29 69 1308 456.3 6/31 10/67 18.95 2 1
  Pat Cummins 14* 27 66 1417 531.3 5/28 7/69 21.46 1 0
  Nathan Lyon 14* 26 54 1617 577.5 6/49 10/118 29.94 4 1
  Tim Southee 10 20 51 1054 390.3 5/32 9/110 20.66 3 0
  Josh Hazlewood 11* 20 47 912 338.4 5/8 9/115 19.40 3 0
[*=playing] Last Update: 17 January 2021[42]

Highest individual scoreEdit

Batsman Runs Balls 4s 6s Team Opposition Ground Match date
  David Warner 335* 418 39 1 Australia Pakistan Adelaide 29 November 2019
  Zak Crawley 267 393 34 1 England Pakistan Southampton 21 August 2020
  Virat Kohli 254* 336 33 2 India South Africa Pune 10 October 2019
  Kane Williamson 251 412 34 2 New Zealand West Indies Hamilton 3 December 2020
  Mayank Agarwal 243 330 28 8 India Bangladesh Indore 14 November 2019
[*= NOT OUT] Last Update: 6 December 2020[43]

Best bowling figures in an inningsEdit

Bowler Wkts Runs Overs Mdns Econ Team Opposition Ground Match date
  Ravichandran Ashwin 7 145 46.2 11 3.12 India South Africa Visakhapatnam 2 October 2019
  Jasprit Bumrah 6 27 12.1 3 2.21 India West Indies Kingston 30 August 2019
  Stuart Broad 6 31 14.0 4 2.21 England West Indies Manchester 24 July 2020
  Jason Holder 6 42 20.0 6 2.10 West Indies England Southampton 8 July 2020
  Jofra Archer 6 45 17.1 3 2.62 England Australia Leeds 22 August 2019
Last Update: 6 January 2021[44]

Best batting averages (Minimum 500 runs)Edit

Batsman Matches Runs Average HS 100s 50s
  Babar Azam 8 810 81.00 143 4 4
  Rohit Sharma 7* 678 75.33 212 3 1
  Marnus Labuschagne 13* 1650 75.00 215 5 9
  Steve Smith 13* 1286 64.30 211 4 6
  Kane Williamson 9 817 58.35 251 3 1
[*=in progress] Last Update: 16 January 2021[45]

Best bowling averages (Minimum 15 wickets)Edit

Bowler Matches Wkts Average BBI BBM
  Kyle Jamieson 6 36 13.27 6/48 11/117
  Ishant Sharma 7 30 15.50 5/22 9/78
  Umesh Yadav 7 29 18.55 5/53 8/82
  Stuart Broad 15 69 18.95 6/31 10/67
  Josh Hazlewood 11* 47 19.40 5/8 9/115
[*=in progress] Last Update: 17 January 2021[46]

Most sixes(in all matches played by batsman)Edit

Batsman Mat Inns NO Runs 6s HS 100s 50s
  Ben Stokes 13 24 3 1131 26 176 4 4
  Rohit Sharma 6 8 0 634 22 212 3 0
  Mayank Agarwal 11 18 0 810 17 243 3 2
  Jos Buttler 15 26 1 778 13 152 1 3
  Ravindra Jadeja 10 13 5 469 10 91 0 5
  Stuart Broad 15* 21 9 257 10 62 0 1
[*=in progress] Last Update: 17 January 2021[47]

Team statisticsEdit

Highest team totalsEdit

Team Score Overs RR Inns Opposition Ground Match date
  New Zealand 659/6d 158.5 4.14 2   Pakistan Christchurch 3 January 2021
  South Africa 621 142.1 4.36 2   Sri Lanka Centurion 26 December 2020
  India 601/5d 156.3 3.84 1   South Africa Pune 10 October 2019
  Australia 589/3d 127.0 4.63 1   Pakistan Adelaide 29 November 2019
  England 583/8d 154.4 3.76 1   Pakistan Southampton 21 August 2020
(d=declared) Last Update: 5 January 2021[48]

Lowest team totals {excluding (declarations(d)}Edit

Team Score Overs RR Inns Opposition Ground Match date
  India 36 21.2 1.69 3   Australia Adelaide 17 December 2020
  England 67 27.5 2.40 2   Australia Leeds 22 August 2019
  West Indies 100 26.5 3.72 4   India North Sound 22 August 2019
  Bangladesh 106 30.3 3.47 1   India Kolkata 22 November 2019
  West Indies 117 47.1 2.48 2   India Kingston 30 August 2019
Last Update: 22 December 2020[48]

See alsoEdit

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