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Old January 5, 2018, 08:48 PM
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Default Let's get radical 2: Drastic changes to the Test Arena (a proposal)

Test matches have no context, and there isn't a WC like champions for the 5-day format (and no, Test mace doesn't count). Well, similar to champions trophy, here's my proposal for a Test Champions trophy:

Preliminary round: Teams ranked 10-12 play each other in a round robin format of 2-games series. Winner is whoever has most # of wins (in the event of a tie, most away wins).

Qualifier: winner from preliminary round joins team ranked 8 and 9 for another round robin series.

Round 1: teams ranked 1-7 and winner of qualifier enter a random draw to determine matchups. Ranks don't matter. Teams matched will play a two-legged tie, with each leg consists of a 3-game series. The winner is whoever has the higher number of wins (out of 6 total games). In the case of a tie, various rules can be used to determine winner starting with away wins (whoever has the higher # of away wins).

Round 2: 4 teams that emerge are drawn up and matched up. Same as round 1.

Round 3: Final two teams play two-legged tie. Winning team is the champion.

Biggest benefit:
+gives context and championship to test game.
+Rankings matter - particularly if you are ranked 8th, 9th.
+doesn't affect Ashes as anytime Aus and Eng matchup, it will be ashes series.
+away performances matter.
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