The Black Caps have been confirmed in second place in the ICC Test Cricket Championship and been awarded $734,000.

India retained their title for the third year running and won the purse of almost $1.5 million.

The prize money was based on the ICC Test Team Rankings on the cut-off date of April 1st.

The Kane Williamson-led side, who also had the satisfaction of seeing their captain get the ICC Spirit of Cricket award for 2018, earnt 734 thousand dollars after finishing with 108 points, eight behind India.

Williamson said: “It’s an awesome achievement for our side to finish second in the ICC Test Team Rankings and as a team we should be very proud. It’s come off the back of a lot of hard work and perseverance; not just by the eleven guys on the field, but the entire squad and support staff.

“It’s been especially pleasing to see the consistency we’ve shown in the longest form of the game over a decent period of time. We’re now all really looking forward to the ICC World Test Championship getting underway and the added context the competition will bring.”

RNZ

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