The International Cricket Council (ICC) have confirmed that the second edition of the ICC World Test Championship Final will be played between 7 and 11 June 2023, as two years of Test cricket reaches its conclusion at The Oval in England.
Australia currently top the standings, with India in hot pursuit in second place, and both teams go head-to-head across a four-match Test series from February 9 with a place at The Oval, and the coveted ICC World Test Championship Mace, firmly in their sights.
While six teams in total stand a chance of qualification, among the frontrunners to challenge the top two are Sri Lanka, who sit third in the standings and South Africa in fourth, who take on reigning WTC champions New Zealand and the West Indies respectively over two two-Test series during February and March.
On the potential of securing their place at the showpiece event, Australia skipper Pat Cummins said, “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. To play at a neutral venue like The Oval adds another element for both sides who make the Final. It’s exciting and has been a goal of ours for a while now.
“We are confident we can secure a place while here in India after a really strong 12 months. The Final would be a great reward for the players and staff who have done so well.”
India’s captain Rohit Sharma looks ahead to what could be a second successive WTC Final encounter, remarking, “Leading Team India out onto the field of play at the World Test Championship Final would be special. We have grown and developed as a team during this competition and to be in with a chance of lifting the Mace at the Oval in June, we know we first need to overcome a tough Australia side.
“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.”
New Zealand beat India in the final of the inaugual edition to emerge victorious and currently hold the ICC Mace as well.
Remaining ICC World Test Championship Fixtures
India v Australia (1st Test) – Nagpur, India, 9-13 February
India v Australia (2nd Test) – Delhi, India, 17-21 February
India v Australia (3rd Test) – Dharamsala, India, 1-5 March
India v Australia (4th Test) – Ahmedabad, India, 9-13 March
South Africa v West Indies (1st Test) – Centurion, South Africa, 28 February-4 March
South Africa v West Indies (2nd Test) – Johannesburg, South Africa, 8-12 March
New Zealand v Sri Lanka (1st Test) – Christchurch, New Zealand, 9-13 March
New Zealand v Sri Lanka (2nd Test) – Wellington, New Zealand, 17-21 March