All members of the New Zealand cricket squad for the have assembled in Southampton for the upcoming two-match Test series against England. While some players travelled directly from New Zealand, other, who were a part of IPL 2021, had to travel through Maldives and then quarantine in England.
IPL contingent of New Zealand squad join training session
England and New Zealand are gearing up to lock horns in a two-match Test series starting June 2. The likes of Kyle Jamieson, Kane Williamson and Mitchell Santner have begun training with the group.
“Back together! In positive news the IPL contingent have joined team training for the first time today. In not so positive news the team are training inside again. #ENGvNZ #WTC21,” the Blackcaps tweeted.
‘IPL 2021 finishing early has played into India’s hands a little bit’
New Zealand star batsman Ross Taylor has opined that India will be getting an advantage due to the postponement of IPL 2021. During a virtual press-conference, he said that India will get a lot of time to adjust to the conditions ahead of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final.
“I couldn’t think of better preparation than playing two Test matches in England. At the end of the day, it is a neutral venue. In terms of India, IPL finishing early has probably played into the hands a little bit,” said Taylor in a virtual press conference on Sunday.
“If IPL had come, they would have had a smaller preparation. Now they will be a lot more conditioned, their bowlers will get their loads up,” he added.
New Zealand players play a game of foot volleyball in Southampton
Ahead of their intra-squad practice match in Southampton, which will start on May 27, New Zealand players were seen playing a game of foot volleyball in indoor nets at the stadium. The Blackcaps official Instagram account posted the photos of the players engaged in the game.
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