Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Big Blow for New Zealand just ahead of the WTC final

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New Zealand will lock horns against India in the final of the World Test Championship(WTC), beginning June 18 at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton. But just before the big day some of the kiwis got injured including the skipper Kane Williamson.

The kiwis are at present playing a test series against England. The first test between England and New Zealand had ended as a draw and both the teams will now lock horns in the second test, beginning Thursday at Edgbaston.

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead on Tuesday said that skipper Kane Williamson’s left elbow injury is being monitored and a decision on his availability in the second Test against England will be taken on Wednesday.

New Zealand will also be without Mitchell Santner, the left-arm spinner, who has been ruled out due to a cut in his left index finger. New Zealand’s official Twitter handle posted updates from coach Gary Stead.

WTC final: New Zealand vs India

Although the WTC final will be a tough battle and it is too early to predict who will win the title. New Zealand may have an added advantage of English conditions as they are settled here for some time playing the home team. Whereas the Indians will have no time to adjust themselves to these conditions. The Indian side will have to rely on their mental grit and confidence acquired from their recent victories.

Injuries may affect New Zealand’s team performance. Since the ICC WTC final will be played at a neutral venue, Both the teams are deprived of their home conditions advantage but New Zealand has a slight edge over India as the English condition suit them.

WTC final: India vs New Zealand

The Indian squad has a great bunch of batsmen with a combination of both experience and youth. In the top and middle-order, there are players with some rich experience playing in England while the bunch of all-rounders that India has is just amazing, and the kind of performance that they have showcased in the last couple of months is just commendable.

The Indian team is currently under quarantine in Southampton, England. The entire contingent, including the support and coaching staff, and the women’s team, checked in at the Hilton Hotel on June 3. The hotel is located on the premises of the Ageas Bowl, the venue for the grand finale.

V Nichita
Media student, Aspirant Sports Journalist

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