The International Cricket Council (ICC) will present the ICC Test Championship Mace to India captain Virat Kohli at the Newlands Stadium in Cape Town at the conclusion of the South Africa tour. The Test will be presented to Virat Kohli after the third and final T20I.
Kohli will become the first Indian captain to receive the Test mace twice. India have ensured the number one spot on the ICC Test Team Rankings. Prize money of $ 1 million will also be given to the Indian team after their victory in the Johannesburg Test against South Africa.
The victory ensured that no other team could move ahead of them in the Test rankings at the 3 April cut-off date.
India arrived in South Africa on 124 points, with South Africa 13 points behind on 111 points. However, the rating dropped to 121 points after losing the series 2-1. South Africa, on the other hand, moved to 115 points.
Kohli received it from Sunil Gavaskar following the Indore Test against New Zealand in 2016. Kohli became the 10th captain since 2002 to receive the mace.
If South Africa would have won the series against India 3-0, then a 2-0 or a win by a better margin against Australia would have helped them reclaim the mace they had last won in 2015.
Now, South Africa will have to win at least one Test against Australia to retain second place in the Test rankings which will earn them $500,000.
Australia will pocket $200,000 for a third-place finish. However, if Australia wins the series 3-0 or 4-0, then they will overtake South Africa to second place.
On the other hand, the winner of the two-match Test series between New Zealand and England, which will also be played in March, will decide which side finished fourth in the rankings and will take home $100,000. A drawn series will result in New Zealand finishing ahead of England.
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