Factbox-Cricket-India v New Zealand, World Test Championship final


(Reuters) - Factbox on the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand, which begins on Friday:

WHEN?

June 18-22 (11:00 local/10:00 GMT)

WHERE?

Rose Bowl, Southampton (4,000 restricted capacity)

PRIZE MONEY

Winner: $1.6 million

Runner-up: $800,000

MATCH OFFICIALS (all English)

Umpires: Michael Gough, Richard Illingworth

Third umpire: Richard Kettleborough

Match referee: Chris Broad

INDIA

World ranking: 2

Coach: Ravi Shastri

Captain: Virat Kohli

Squad: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Saha.

NEW ZEALAND

World ranking: 1

Coach: Gary Stead

Captain: Kane Williamson

Squad: Williamson, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Will Young.

HOW DID THEY QUALIFY?

The top nine test teams were originally scheduled to play six series each over two years, with the top two making the showcase final. But after the COVID-19 pandemic halted the game last year, the governing International Cricket Council decided to rank teams based on percentage of points (PCT) earned from completed matches, instead of total points, to determine the finalists.

India topped the WTC standings with 72.2 PCT after collecting 520 points. New Zealand were second at 70 PCT with 420, pipping England, who collected more points (442) but had a lower PCT (61.4).

INDIA'S ROAD TO FINAL

West Indies v India - India won the series 2-0

India v South Africa - India won 3-0

India v Bangladesh - India won 2-0

New Zealand v India - India lost 2-0

Australia v India - India won 2-1

India v England - India won 3-1

NEW ZEALAND'S ROAD TO FINAL

Sri Lanka v New Zealand – Drew 1-1

Australia v New Zealand – New Zealand lost 3-0

New Zealand v India – New Zealand won 2-0

New Zealand v West Indies – New Zealand won 2-0

New Zealand v Pakistan – New Zealand won 2-0

LAST FIVE MEETINGS

2020: New Zealand won by seven wickets (Christchurch)

2020: New Zealand won by 10 wickets (Wellington)

2016: India won by 321 runs (Indore)

2016: India won by 178 runs (Kolkata)

2016: India won by 197 runs (Kanpur)

(Compiled by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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