Cricket-India top test rankings for third straight year

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    April 1 (Reuters) - India have finished at the top of the
International Cricket Council (ICC) test rankings and taken home
the purse of $1 million for a third consecutive year, the
governing body said on Monday.
    India, who registered their first series victory in
Australia at the turn of the year, finished with 116 points on
the April 1 cut-off date, eight points ahead of New Zealand who
finished second and took home $500,000.
    South Africa finished third with 105 points while Australia
finished with 104 points to finish fourth, a few decimal points
ahead of England.
    "Retaining the ICC test championship mace once again is
something we are all really proud of," India captain Virat
Kohli, who won the ICC's cricketer, test and one-day
international player of the year awards in January, said in a
    "Our team has been doing well across formats but it gives us
extra pleasure to come out on top of the test rankings. We all
know of the importance of test cricket and of how only the best
can prosper in the format."
    The ICC's world test championship begins in August, after
the 50-over World Cup in England, with nine test playing nations
taking part in 71 test matches spread across 27 series to reach
the final in 2021.
    ICC Test Team Rankings (as of April 1 2019)
    1.  India          116 points
    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

 (Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto

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