List of World Test Championship Winners

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Feb 28, 2022, 10:57

The ICC test Championship is an international cricket competition organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the ten Test-playing nations. It's a rating system based on all Test matches played throughout the cricketing season.

Winning an ICC Test Championship final earns you 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.

On April 1 each year, the ICC Chief presents the ICC Test Championship mace to the World Test Championship winner, coupled with a $1 million cash reward. In Test cricket, Australia has been dominating. They have won the trophy nine times in the last 15 years.

ICC World Test Championship winners list

Let's have a look at the ICC World Test Championship winners list:

Team

Year(s)

Matches Played

Won

Lost

Draw

Australia

2001/02

14

9

2

3

Australia

2002/03

8

7

1

0

Australia

2003/04

15

11

2

2

Australia

2004/05

12

10

1

1

Australia

2005/06

17

12

2

3

Australia

2006/07

7

7

0

0

Australia

2007/08

6

4

1

1

Australia

2008/09

12

5

5

2

India

2009/10

7

5

1

1

India

2010/11

11

5

2

4

England

2011/12

12

9

1

2

South Africa

2012/13

11

8

0

3

South Africa

2013/14

7

3

3

1

South Africa

2014/15

6

4

0

2

Australia

2015/16

15

10

3

2

India

2016/17

13

10

1

2

India

2017/18

9

5

2

2

India

2018/19

11

5

3

3

India

2019/20

8

7

0

1

New Zealand

2020/21

11

7

4

0

Point Scoring System

The ICC agreed that 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 percent of the points would be accessible each match, whereas 50 percent 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.

World Test Championship Participants

The nine members of ICC World Test Championships are:

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

How Many Times has India Won World Test Championship Winner?

The Indian cricket team has won the World Test Championship winner five times, the most recent being in 2019. India won the ICC Test mace for the first time under MS Dhoni, who won it twice during his time as captain. They lost it to England in April 2012, but Virat Kohli's all-conquering Test team reclaimed it in 2017 and went on to win it again in 2018 and 2019.

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FAQs on World Test Championship Winners

Q 1. Who were the World Test Championship winners in 2020-21?

Ans. The World Test Championship winners in 2020-21 were New Zealand.

Q 2. Has India been a World Test Championship winner?

Ans. Yes, India has been a World Test Championship winner in 2009-10, 2010-11, 2016-17, 2017-18, and 2018-19.

Q 3. Which team has been the World Test Championship Winner the most?

Ans. Australia has been the World Test Championship winner the most.