New Zealand becomes first team to qualify for World Test Championship finals

By Rajan Nath - February 02, 2021 7:02 pm

Kane Williamson-led New Zealand has become the first team to qualify for the finals of the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship 2021. The development came after Australia's tour of South Africa, scheduled to be held later this month, was postponed citing health concerns.

Australia was scheduled to fly out for a three-match Test series later this month. However, Cricket Australia’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley said traveling to South Africa posed an “unacceptable” risk to the touring party.

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Kane Williamson-led New Zealand became first team to qualify for finals of ICC World Test Championship 2021 as Australia's tour of South Africa postponed.

“Following extensive due diligence with medical experts, it has become clear that traveling from Australia to South Africa at this current time poses an unacceptable level of health and safety risk to our players, support staff, and the community,” Hockley stated.

“We are extremely disappointed, especially given the importance of continuing international cricket at this time, our valued relationship with CSA, and our aspirations to compete in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship,” he added.

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Kane Williamson-led New Zealand became first team to qualify for finals of ICC World Test Championship 2021 as Australia's tour of South Africa postponed.

With Australia's tour of South Africa being postponed, Australia’s bid to play in the World Test Championship final is now out of their hands and most unlikely while New Zealand, led by Kane Williamson, is set to play finals.

Kane Williamson-led New Zealand became first team to qualify for finals of ICC World Test Championship 2021 as Australia's tour of South Africa postponed.

However, if India and England play two draws in the upcoming four-match Test series, scheduled to commence on February 5, then Australia will have a chance of making it to the ICC World Test Championship 2021 final.

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