The ICC Test mace is an award given to the winner of the ICC World Test Championship, which is a league competition for Test match cricket organized by cricket’s governing body the International Cricket Council.
However, previously from 2003 to 2019, the Test mace would be awarded to the top-ranked Test team in the ICC Test Championship.
The ICC Test Championship winners were determined by a ranking system for Test teams from 2003 to 2019. It had a cut-off date of April 1 every year when the ICC Test mace was handed to the top-ranked team along with a cash prize.
Since 2003, five teams have won the ICC Test mace. Australia are the most successful team, having held the mace a record eight times.
South Africa had it for three years from 2013-2015. Prior to South Africa’s time at the top of the ICC Test Championship, England held the mace for a solitary year in 2012.
New Zealand are the current holders of the ICC Test mace. However, they did not win it by being on top of the ranking system at the cut-off date.
The Kiwis got their hands on the mace after winning the inaugural ICC World Test Championship earlier this year following an eight-wicket win in the final against India in June.
ICC Test mace winners list
|April 2013||South Africa|
|April 2014||South Africa|
|April 2015||South Africa|
|June 2021||New Zealand*|
*Test mace awarded to the winner of ICC World Test Championship
How many Test maces does India have?
The Indian cricket team has won the ICC Test mace five times, with the last coming in 2019.
India first claimed the ICC Test mace under MS Dhoni, who won it twice in his tenure as skipper. They surrendered it to England in April 2012 but Virat Kohli’s all-conquering Test side regained the ICC Test mace in 2017 and went on to retain it in 2018 and 2019.
Author: William Paul
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