Test matches remain the ultimate form of the game, and the format as a whole remains the most unadulterated version of the sport. With five days of intense action, it remains as the survival of the fittest.
2017 as a year witnessed some spectacular Test matches, as some underdogs stunned the heavyweights while in other cases, the usual suspects carried on their tasks without too much of a fuss.
However, the year as a whole stood out due to some extremely close games that got contested between teams. Barely the crucial moments within a session turned out to be the difference, as sides just about managed to get home in some nail-biting encounters.
With the year coming to a close, below, we have a look at the five closest Test matches of the year, regarding the margin of victory in runs.