- WTC final between India and New Zealand to be played from June 18
- Indian players have started different practice in England
- Team India will play Test series against hosts England from August 4
They are tough opponents on the field but great friends off the field. of New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson This is because for the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) to be held in Southampton from 18 June. Indian captain Virat Kohli Going for the toss
Both Kohli and Williamson will look to win this prestigious ICC event under their leadership and the Kiwi skipper is well aware of the fact that it will not be easy against ‘India’s world-class bowling attack’.
When Williamson was asked about the rivalry against the Indian captain since his U-19 days in 2008, he said, “We have played against each other at different levels and competitions and know each other very well.” . So it would be great to get on the field together, toss and meet each other in the first World Test Championship final.
Williamson said he is well aware of the strength of Indian bowling and their recent historic series win against Australia. He said, ‘Yes, they have a great attack. They are definitely a great team. We have seen their strength. We certainly got to see this in Australia.
Williamson said, ‘His fast bowling and spin department is strong. They are a great team and are on top of the rankings which is correct. It is a great opportunity for us to face a best team in the final.
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Playing with Duke balls in different conditions and the possibility of rain are both on Williamson’s mind. He expects the Southampton pitch to have less grass before the final.
He said, ‘A little grass can be cut and a roller can be run on it. I don’t know about the team yet. Let’s see how the situation is. We have seen rain every day so far. It’s good to get the experience of facing Duke balls in different conditions.
New Zealand’s main concern is about choosing a batsman or all-rounder at number seven, Williamson said that all options are open. “We have to assess the circumstances to take such decisions. Whenever we play at different venues, we choose the team which suits us according to the conditions.
Williamson said that bouncer specialist Neil Wegner will play a key role against India. “His ability to bowl long spells and hold pressure for long periods is what has made him so successful at the international level. He is an important member of our team. It is great to have him in the team.