List of World Test Championship Winners

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Jan 10, 2023, 17:13

The World Test Championship Winners for season 2021/23 will be announced after the ongoing tournament ends. For the current season, ICC introduced a new points system and a brand new program. In the previous tournament held between 2019/21, the World Test Championship Winners were New Zealand, who defeated India by 8 wickets.

The ICC World Test Championship is played by the best global cricket teams, who all compete to win the trophy for the world’s premier Test cricket tournament. We have shared the details about all the previous year’s winners of this test cricket tournament here.

ICC World Test Championship

The ICC World Test Championship is an international cricket competition organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the ten test cricket-playing nations. This tournament maintains a rating system based on all Test matches played throughout the cricketing season. According to the rating system of the Test Championship:

  • Winning a Test Championship final earns you the highest points.
  • If a team wins, it earns points. If the team loses, it receives fewer points.
  • In the event of a tie, the lower-rated team will be favoured at the expense of the higher-rated team.

The ICC Chief presents the ICC Test Championship mace to the World Test Championship winner, coupled with a $1 million cash reward. New Zealand is dominating as World Test Championship Winner by winning the trophy in the last tournament conducted between 2019/21.

World Test Championship - Participating Teams

Nine of the world’s best-playing cricket teams get a chance to play in the World Test Championship. The nine members of ICC WTC are:

  • Australia
  • Bangladesh
  • England
  • India
  • New Zealand
  • Pakistan
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • West Indies

ICC World Test Championship Winners

Here, we have shared the list of all the Test Championship winners right from the first tournament conducted in 2019/21 to the ongoing 2021/23 tournament. Check out the complete ICC World Test Championship winners list here:

Test World Cup Winners List

Year(s)

Host

Winner

Runner

2019/21

England

New Zealand

India

2021/23

England

TBA

TBA

2023/25

England

TBA

TBA

ICC Test Championship Ranking (2021-23)

The ICC Test Championship Ranking for the participating teams in the ongoing tournament has been shared here. Check out the details about the WTC score, including the number of matches played, won, and lost by each team in the ICC World Test Championship here:

Team

Match Played

Won

Lost

Draw

Points

PCT

Australia

14

10

1

4

136

75.56

India

14

8

4

2

99

58.93

Sri Lanka

10

5

4

1

64

53.33

South Africa

13

6

6

1

76

48.72

England

22

10

8

4

124

46.97

West Indies

11

4

5

2

54

40.91

Pakistan

14

4

6

4

64

38.1

New Zealand

11

2

6

3

36

27.27

Bangladesh

12

1

10

1

16

11.11

Test Championship - Point Scoring System

The ICC agreed that in the World Test Championship, regardless of the series duration, the same amount of points would be available from each series so that countries who played fewer Tests would not be penalized. Points are given based on a team's performance in a Test rather than a series. If a match is 'dead rubber' where the result of a series match is predecided, points are evenly split between playing teams.

In a five-match series, 20 per cent of the points would be accessible each match, whereas 50 per cent of the points would be available each match in a two-match series. The ICC also agreed that a tie is worth half a victory, and a draw is worth a third of a win. According to the points system of the ICC World Test Championship:

  • Team receives 12 points in case of a win.
  • Team receives 4 points in case of a draw.
  • Team receives 6 points in case of a tie.

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FAQs on World Test Championship Winners

Q 1. Who is leading the World Test Championship?

Australia is leading the 2021/23 World Test Championship with 136 points. India is close behind in the second position with 99 points, and Sri Lanka is currently on 64 points. The highest number of points earned in the matches will determine the ICC World Test Championship Winner.

Q2. Who was the World Test Championship Winner in 2019/21?

The World Test Championship Winners in the 2019/21 season were New Zealand. New Zealand played against India in a heavy downpour. Regardless, New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets to claim the ICC World Test Championship mace for the 2019/21 season.

Q3. How many times has India won the World Test Championship?

India has not been an ICC World Test Championship Winner yet. The last World Test Championship was held in 2019/21, which was won by New Zealand. India has a high chance of winning the World Test Championship 2021/23, as it is currently in second position with a score of 99.

Q 4. How can India qualify for World Test Championship?

India will be able to qualify for the World Test Championship if a 2-2 draw or 1-0 win or 2-0 win or 3-0 win or 4-0 against australia, which can lead India to enter into final of the World Test Championship.