Faf du Plessis feels World Test Championship is 'refreshing', says players are looking forward to new chapter of red-ball cricket

Faf du Plessis believes the new World Test Championship will add “proper context” to the five-day game and has backed the introduction of the global league as a step forward for the sport.

Reuters, Jul 30, 2019 15:50:01 IST

Cape Town: South Africa captain Faf du Plessis believes the new World Test Championship will add “proper context” to the five-day game and has backed the introduction of the global league as a step forward for the sport.

The championship starts on Thursday when England host Australia in the first Ashes Test and will see the top nine ranked teams will face-off over a two-year period, scoring points based on their success and culminating in a final at Lords in June 2021.

Faf du Plessis feels World Test Championship is refreshing, says players are looking forward to new chapter of red-ball cricket

File image of Faf du Plessis. Reuters

“For the last while we have longed to have something to play for that gives proper context to Test cricket,” Du Plessis said in a press release from Cricket South Africa.

“The stakes are high because every series matters. It’s refreshing and the players we are looking forward to this new chapter of Test cricket.”

Du Plessis feels the five-day gave has been given a boost by the introduction of the format.

“I feel Test cricket is in a healthy state,” he said. “The players who play all three formats will attest to the fact that Test cricket is the purest format of the game and it is still the number one format.

“The younger generation may enjoy the hustle and bustle of T20 cricket but when a Test match goes down to the final hour on the fifth day, that entertainment is hard to beat.”

South Africa start their championship campaign away with three Tests in India in October, before welcoming England for four matches over the New Year.

“We have a tough assignment to start with against India away. We beat them at home last season but playing against India in India is probably one of the toughest challenges for an international player.

“We then have the current world champions England at home, this is always a cracker of a series during our summer and one that we look forward to. We probably have the toughest start, but everyone will play everyone, so it doesn’t really matter.”

South Africa will in fact only play six of the eight other nations in the championship, and also have two-Test series against West Indies (away), Pakistan (away) and Sri Lanka (home), and three Tests against Australia (home).

Updated Date: Jul 30, 2019 15:50:01 IST






Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4056 254