The “ICC Test Championship” is an international cricket tournament organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for the ten Test-playing nations.
It’s basically a ranking system based on all Test matches played during the normal cricketing season.
The points earned for winning a Test match or series are distributed in such a way that if a team wins, it receives more points than its present rating, but if it loses, it receives fewer points, impacting the rating cumulatively.
A tie between two teams with different ratings will favour the lower-rated club at the expense of the higher-rated team.
On 1 April each year, the ICC Chief presents the ICC Test Championship mace to the team with the highest rating, along with a $1 million cash prize.
In Test cricket, Australia has always been dominating, having won the trophy eight times in the last 15 years.
Let’s take a look at the various teams that have won the prestigious award throughout the years.
Until the ICC World Test Championship was established in 2019, the top-ranked Test team was granted the ICC Test Championship mace.