India retains Test Championship Mace for 3rd time in a row

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DUBAI: India have retained the ICC Test Championship Mace for a third year running after finishing at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings on the cut-off date of April 1, according to ICC Press Release.

A top place finish was never in doubt for India, captained by Virat Kohli, the number one Test batsman in the world while New Zealand’s consistent performances over the past year saw them climb from third position.

The Kane Williamson-led side, who also had the satisfaction of seeing their captain get the ICC Spirit of Cricket award for 2018 after finishing with 108 points, eight behind from India.

South Africa, who had finished second the previous two times finishing third with 105 points while Australia who edged out England on decimal points at 104 points. However Pakistan claimed 7th spot.

Meanwhile, International Cricket Council Chief Executive Manu Sawhney congratulated the Indian team while reiterating the importance of Test cricket and looking forward to the start of the ICC World Test Championship later this year.

MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings: 1.  India  116, 2.  New Zealand  108, 3.  South Africa 105, 4.  Australia  104, 5.  England  104, 6.  Sri Lanka   93, 7.  Pakistan 88, 8.  West Indies  77, 9.  Bangladesh 69, 10. Zimbabwe 13.