From 14th July 2016 the next 48 days will have a boom of 15 Tests matches played across the cricketing world.
In history of Test cricket, this is the maximum Test played in such short span (less than 2 months).
Last year(2015), in spite having 50-over World Cup, maximum Tests(44)matches were played.
For Test cricket history, both these feats are unique and never achieved in past.
Usually the rush of Test cricket is at tail-end of a year….though this year, 15-Tests are played from mid-July to end August.
From 14th July till end of August 5 Test series will be played. They are
Pak in Eng (4-Test series)
Ind in WI (4-Test series)
Aus in SL (3-Test series)
NZ in Zim(2-Test series)
NZ in SA (2-Test series)
List of Test matches played.Below are tables containing list of Tests played since 1877.
|Table 1- period wise list of Test played.|
|Table 2 : Yearly list of Tests played since 2000.|
Let us see how this will have effect on their rankings.
Out of those five, only 3 series will challenge the No. 1 spot. The Pakistan v England, Australia v Sri Lanka and India v West Indies.
Australia (ranked 1): To remain on top, they have to win their Sri Lanka series convincingly and hope Pakistan win by one test, or lose, or draw their series in England.
Pakistan(ranked 2) : To become the No. 1 Test team, they have to win their England series convincingly, and Australia should lose their series in Sri Lanka, or win by least margin.
England(ranked 3): To become No.1 Test team, they have to win their series by 2 tests and hope Australia lose their series in Sri Lanka.
India(ranked 4): To become No.1 Test team, they have to win their series by 2 test and hope that the other two series are draw, or Eng and SL win them!.
All data updated at end of Sri Lanka in England series.