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Kohli suggests alternative points system for away Test wins

Indian captain is not satisfied with current points system in ICC World Test Championship

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Indian captain Virat Kohli has suggested an alternative points system for away Test wins, during the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Test Championship.

Currently, a team bags 120 points for a series clean sweep, irrespective of whether it's a two-match or five-match series on home and away basis.

But the star Indian batsman believes that teams should get double points for an away Test win.

"If you would have asked me to make the points table, I would give double the points for an away Test win. That is something I would definitely like to see may be after first edition," said Kohli according to Press Trust of India.  

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The right-handed batsman was also glad to see the change, in the longest format of the game, brought about by the introduction of the World Test Championship.  

"Look, the importance of every game has become that much more. In earlier situations, in a three-match series, you probably would have played out a draw, but teams are going to go for wins and get those extra points. So, I think it's great for Test cricket," he said.

Kohli also believes that the points table has made Test cricket more demanding and ensured that players approach the game in a professional manner.

"The matches are going to be that much more exciting is what we all feel and already experienced that. We have to be professional in every session that we play,” he said. "It will be much more demanding on the players now, which is a good thing as it will keep the standard of Test cricket high. These are the only things that we have experienced so far in terms of changes.”

India are currently sit at the top of the table with 160 points, courtesy 120 from their 2-0 sweep in the Caribbean and 40 from the 203-run win in the first Test against South Africa in Visakhapatnam.