India win top Test rankings for third year

NEW DELHI, Virat Kohli's India have topped the

international Test rankings for the third year in a row � boosted by their

first ever series triumph in Australia � earning a million dollar prize for

the team.

India finished eight points clear of New Zealand in the contest, taking in

matches up to Sunday.

Kohli, who led India to their maiden series win in Australia in 71 years

of trying, said the achievement would inspire the team to try harder in the

inaugural world Test championship which starts this year.

Retaining the ICC Test Championship Mace once again is something we are

all really proud of, he said.

We all know of the importance of Test cricket and of how only the best

can prosper in the format, he said in a statement published by the

International Cricket Council.

The fiveTest Ashes series between England and Australia this summer will

launch the first world championship. Nine teams will play in a Test league

over two years with the top two teams to square off in a June 2021 final.

In the current world rankings, South Africa are third while England and

Australia take fourth and fifth spots respectively.

New Zealand received $500,000 for their secondplace finish while South

Africa got $200,000.

New ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney congratulated Kohli and his team for

their success and said the new world championship will provide an undisputed

conclusion to some of the most renowned cricket rivalries in the

international game.

The top nine Test nations out of 12 will compete in 71 matches and 27

series to decide who reaches the final.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)