With the inaugural World Test Championship Final just two weeks away, many have started analyzing the two finalists – India and New Zealand. While both teams’ strength depend on their fast bowlers, fans have predicted that New Zealand will have an edge owing to the English conditions, which are quite similar to their own country.
Team India landed in the United Kingdom yesterday and headed straight to Southampton and have entered the bio-bubble ahead of New Zealand. However, New Zealand are currently playing a two-match Test series against England, which is going to aid them in acclimatizing to the conditions. India, on the other hand, are likely to play some intra-squad practice matches to test themselves in the English conditions.
Brett Lee, former Australian quick, believes that although India has a squad which is loaded with champions, beating New Zealand is not going to be easy. During an interview with International Cricket Council (ICC), Lee spoke about the bowling attacks of both the teams and also said that the batting line-up of both the teams is well-equipped.
“Well, it is a tough one, you would have to see which bowlers can produce on this surface. And when you spoke about the Indian Test line-up, that will be on show; they have got some amazing talent as do the Kiwis. So, I think it is pretty evenly matched there.”
“I am thinking though with the experience of New Zealand because they have bowled in conditions which are similar back home, you talk about the ball moving around, you talk about something in the wicket, there will be a bit of something, it may be conducive to fast bowling, to swing bowling,” he said.
“So that is where I think that the Kiwis might have an advantage purely from that fact. Now from a batting point of view, both sides have got batsmen that can play against swing bowling. But I think it comes down to bowling. I think whichever team bowls best will win the Test match final,” he added.
He went on to add that Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian team, is a dynamic and world-class batter and will put in all his efforts to bring the cup home.
“Both captains would want to raise a trophy at the end. In terms of the Indian skipper, Kohli, he is such a dynamic player, such a great influencer for the team, world-class batter. We know that that’s a given. But I think that with his emphasis on how important Test cricket is to him, and his team, and his nation, it is going to weigh in very heavily on him and that will improve his performance.”
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