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The World Test Championship was a cricket competition that was held every ten years. It was first held in England in 1912 and 1922 before being moved to Australia in 1932. It has so far being contested by 11 teams of the five editions that it has been playing for.

1912

The first test championship was held in England with four teams competing. The teams that played in the first championship being Australia, England, South Africa and guest team New Zealand. But for New Zealand they had a tough time, losing all three of their matches by close to an innings. But on the top of the leaderboard was England as they won all three of their matches to end up on top of the table with Australia and South Africa tying for second place after drawing their match in Old Trafford.

Team Played Won by an Innings Won Drawn Lost Lost by an Innings Pts
Flag of England.svg England 3 2 1 0 0 0 16
Flag of Australia.svg Australia 3 1 0 1 1 0 9
23x15px South Africa 3 0 1 1 0 1 7
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 3 0 0 1 2 0 0

1922

The second edition of the test championship stayed in England with Argentina joining the four teams that played in 1912. For the debuts, they struggled as they only drew one match against New Zealand who came into test cricket officially in 1919. Australia would come out on top after drawing with England at Lords. For the defending champions, England came in third place after losing to South Africa in Manchester.

Team Played Won by an Innings Won Drawn Lost Lost by an Innings Pts
Flag of Australia.svg Australia 4 2 1 1 0 0 19
23x15px South Africa 4 1 2 0 1 0 14
Flag of England.svg England 4 0 2 1 1 0 11
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 4 0 0 1 2 1 3
Flag of Argentina.svg Argentina 4 0 0 1 1 2 3

1932

1932 was the season for firsts. For starters, there were eights teams that joined with four of them (Egypt, India, West Indies and Rhodesia) competing for the first time. It was also the first time that it was held in another country other than England with Australia hosting the competition over a two month period in the early part of the year. The four finalists were the main four teams with England taking the win after defeating Australia in the final at the MCG.

Group A

Team Played Won by an Innings Won Drawn Lost Lost by an Innings Pts
Flag of Australia.svg Australia 3 1 2 0 0 0 14
23x15px South Africa 3 1 1 0 1 0 10
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 3 0 1 0 2 0 4
Flag of Egypt (1922–1958).svg Egypt 3 0 0 0 1 2 0

Group B

Team Played Won by an Innings Won Drawn Lost Lost by an Innings Pts
Flag of England.svg England 3 2 1 0 0 0 16
23x15px India 3 0 1 1 1 0 7
23x15px West Indies 3 0 1 1 0 1 7
23x15px Rhodesia 3 0 0 0 2 1 0

Semi Finals

  • England def South Africa
  • Australia def India

Final

  • England (434 & 4/105) def Australia (237 & 300)

1942

The 1942 edition was meant to be held in Australia once again, but when the Second World War started in 1939, any hope of holding the championship was put on hold as travel to countries had been restricted. This was the first (and to date only) championship to be cancelled.

1951-52

The 1952 tournament was the first tournament to be split into two countries with England and South Africa hosting a group stage before the final being held in England once again.

Group A

Team Played Won by an Innings Won Drawn Lost Lost by an Innings Pts
23x15px West Indies 3 1 1 1 0 0 13
Flag of England.svg England 3 1 1 0 1 0 10
23x15px India 2 1 0 1 1 0 9
23x15px Ceylon 3 0 0 0 0 3 0

Group B

Team Played Won by an Innings Won Drawn Lost Lost by an Innings Pts
Flag of Australia.svg Australia 3 1 1 1 0 0 13
23x15px South Africa 3 1 1 0 1 0 10
23x15px Pakistan 2 1 0 1 0 1 7
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 3 0 0 0 1 2 0

Semi Finals

England drew with Australia (Australia advances by being higher)
West Indies def South Africa

Final

Australia (452 & 7/190) def West Indies (387 & 255)

External Links

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