Teams battle it out for the final of the World Test Championship with two deciding series to begin


As many as six teams are still in contention for an appearance in next year’s World Trials Championship final, and two crucial series kick off next week that will be pivotal in deciding which side stays in the mix.


Australia host the West Indies in a two-match series at home, with Pat Cummins’ side narrowly holding onto the top of the World Test Championship standings.

Pakistan also host England in a three-match series and Babar Azam’s side will still harbor ambitions of reaching their first World Test Final.

We take a look at the odds of all four sides qualifying for next year’s World Championship Final at The Oval.

Australia squad to play West Indies: Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Curry, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnos Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith, Mitchell Stark, David Warner.

Pat Cummins’ team has more series remaining in this period than any other team, and that could work in their favor as they try to win a place in the final of the premier World Series in Australia.

It will be difficult for Australia to negotiate next year’s tour to India for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, so expect the mighty Australians to try as hard as they can to maintain their place at the top of the table through the home series against the West Indies and South Africa. .

Australia looked like they had put a disappointing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup campaign behind them when they swept England 3-0 in their recent ODI series on home soil, and the Australians are hopeful that form can be replicated in the Test arena.

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West Indies team to face Australia: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Anderson Phillip, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Devon Thomas.

The West Indies still have two series left in this period and could still mathematically qualify for next year’s final with positive results in Australia and South Africa.

Kraigg Brathwaite’s side will play a two-Test series in both countries and could go up to 65% with four wins in those matches which could be enough to sneak a winner.

Whether the West Indies had enough class to record four victories away from home in hard-to-beat venues remains a question, but the Caribbean side are still doing well.

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Pakistan squad to face England: Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shan Masood, Saud Shakeel, Salman Agha, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Imam-ul-Haq, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Abrar Ahmed, Zahid Mahmood, Mohammad Nawaz, Azhar Ali, Mohammad Ali.

With two series left at home in this tournament, Pakistan could still qualify for their first World Series final with positive performances against England and New Zealand.

Pakistan have managed just four wins from their nine Test matches so far this period and will likely need to win a majority of the remaining five Tests if they are to sneak a winner next year.

Confidence will be high within the Pakistan camp on the back of a solid performance in the T20 World Cup that took them to the final and the Asian side will be keen to exact some revenge on their victors at the MCG when they host England at the start of the match. Dec.

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England team to face Pakistan: Ben Stokes (c), James Anderson, Harry Brooke, Zack Crawley, Ben Dockett, Ben Fox, Will Jakes, Keaton Jennings, Jack Leach, Liam Livingston, Jamie Overton, Olly Pope, Olly Robinson, Joe Root, Mark Wood, Basil Ahmed.

While England are out of contention for next year’s World Test Championship final with just one series yet to be played, they could be a key player in helping or hindering Pakistan’s hopes during the next series in the sub-continent.

The three-match series in Pakistan is the only Test series left in England this term and Ben Stokes’ side will be hoping to finish their campaign on a high.

England have included young sprinter Rehan Ahmed in their squad for the tour and, if selected, the 18-year-old would become the youngest player to make his debut for England in a men’s Test match.

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