Weather conditions in England next month will favor New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) against India in Southampton, said the Australian bowling alley Pat Cumminswho is quarantined here after arriving from the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“It’s going to be a good match. I think there was a lot of rain in England from what I saw in the news. I think in terms of conditions it’s going to be close to New Zealand,” Cummins said in a question-and-answer session with fans. on Youtube.
However, he refused to predict the winner, saying the match from June 18th to 22nd was a one-time test and difficult to predict.
“We saw both teams not play test matches for several months. So, this is a one-off. Anything can happen. I will sit on the fence,” he said, before insisting that the weather should be favorable for the Kiwis.
“But if I say something, the conditions would probably suit New Zealand better than India,” he added.
Cummins is the leading wicket player in the World Test Championship, taking 70 scalps in 14 test matches. In the WTC final, he may be overtaken by India, who did not spin R Ashwin, who is missing three with 67 scalps in 13 tests.
The 28-year-old tennis bowler said he liked the concept for the World Test Championship, but was disappointed with the shortening of the event due to Covid-19.
“It’s annoying (that) Covid-19 made it a little harder, but it’s great. I really enjoyed the whole aspect. Each series means more than the series itself. I really liked the format (WTC). Unfortunately we missed the series. And so we didn’t have the six series leading to the final, but I’m happy with the concept, “added Cummins, who praised India for winning the fourth and final test against Gaba’s Australia.
“Our record is very good in Gabba. I thought we had cracks in it and it would be perfect for Day 5. Everything was going according to plan and then obviously India played beautifully and felt confident after SCG where they were hanging. We needed from 7-8 wickets. We knew it would not be easy, we wanted to take a few more wickets “, he added.