New Zealand middle-order batsman Ross Taylor has been preparing well for the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final against India. The Kane Williamson-led New Zealand will take on India in the one-off final, which will be played over a period of six days (five and one reserve day) and it will be deciding the World’s first Test Champions in the 140-year old history of the format.
Both the teams have arrived in Southampton and have completed their media commitments and are focused on the all important clash. While New Zealand’s team selection is a bit straightforward, India have a lot to ponder about, given their options in the bowling attack.
On the eve of the Final, New Zealand’s Ross Taylor opened up on the Grade Cricketer Podcast and he revealed a few secrets from the Blackcaps dressing room. One such was about pacer Tim Southee, who has been a jokester for a few time around and has been entertaining the entire squad.
“A father, but still, at 32-33 Tim Southee’s still a jokester in the team and you know a lot of support staff and coaches and captains thought he (Southee) might have grown up by now but we’re still waiting for,” Taylor said while speaking on the Grade Cricketer Podcast.
‘We love being underdogs and like to scrap them and fight’
With regards to his perspective on the Final, he said that New Zealand love being the underdogs in front of India. “We’re a small nation, cities in India are bigger than the whole population of New Zealand and even Melbourne and Sydney are bigger than New Zealand as well. We love the underdogs status. I don’t think we’re very good front runners. We love being underdogs and like to scrap them and fight. So, it’s (WTC Final) going to be a great occasion for Test cricket and hopefully, the weather doesn’t play too much of a part,” he added.
“Ashwin and Jadeja are pretty world-class bowlers on any given day and they can turn it on any surface as well,” he said when asked about facing the threat of India’s spin-attack in Southampton.