World Test Championship

What happens if the World Test Championship ends as a draw?

World Test Championship

By Jonathan Healy at The Oval

Hit For Six!

The ICC World Test Championship Final is still up for grabs as Australia and India continue to battle it out in the south London sun on the fourth day of an enthralling contest.

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All results are still possible at The Oval and the prospect of the match finishing in a draw remains a chance.
As per item 16.3.3 of the Playing Conditions for the World Test Championship Final, the mace will be shared and the prize money distributed equally among the two finalists should the match finish in a draw:
“If the match is drawn, tied, or abandoned, the teams shall be declared joint winners of the ICC World Test Championship,” the condition reads.

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There is a reserve day in place for the Final on Monday, but the prospect of the match going into a sixth day looks unlikely at this stage given there have been no interruptions to play over the first three-and-a-half days of the gripping contest.

The Reserve Day was included in the Playing Conditions as a contingency to recover lost playing time in the event of rain or bad light disrupting play and the weather in London so far has been surprisingly good so far given it can be highly unpredictable so early in England's summer.

There is a small chance of showers in London on Sunday afternoon and a total of one hour of lost time can be made up on Sunday by extending the scheduled close of play.  

If more than an hour's playing time is lost, then the Reserve Day will be triggered and will consist solely of the time that has been lost to rain or bad light.


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