New Zealand cricket team, who were recently crowned as World’s First ever Test champions after they defeated Virat Kohli-led India in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) Final in Southampton. The team arrived on their home turf with the magnificent mace and they were greeted with lots of lovely wishes on the airport.
The Kiwis marched into the final with just one overseas series against Australia, in which they were defeated brutally. However, they won all the home series, which consisted one against India as well. They were helped by the conditions as well as their superior fast bowling quartet – Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson and Neil Wagner, who bowled well and bundled out India twice in the match.
Speaking of the future, pacer Tim Southee feels that winning the WTC Final and being called as the defending champions will help their board to schedule more Tests in a series and play Test cricket more often.
“I guess one of our strengths as a side is that we sort of just concentrate on what’s put in front of us, and what we try and achieve as a group, [but] I guess playing more Test cricket as a whole would be nice,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Southee as per saying.
“We don’t play that many three-match series, so I guess just being able to play more Test matches and hopefully more three-match series rather than two-match series. But yeah, I think it’s tough with future tours [programme] already being in place up to now, but just being able to perform at this level for a number of years and being a consistent side, I guess we have that right to play more Test cricket,” he added.