India, Sept. 12 -- The World Test Championship is redefining the pursuit of cricket's oldest format for players and teams. There seems to be greater enthusiasm, vigour and purpose in effort. Matches are being fought more keenly and some excellent contests have been seen.

This does not mean the threat of survival for the five-day game has vanished. While the Ashes series has been a sell-out, absence of spectators in the Caribbean, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, where too Tests have been played recently, shows it is still an uphill battle.

The World Championship is not flawless in concept. How points accrue for wins is a bit of a maze for the lay fan. For instance, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and India earned 60 points for each Test win recently wh...