New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said his team’s immediate focus is on the two test matches against England, but there is “a lot of excitement” for the World Cup final against India, which follows the series.
“The first challenge, which is the first test against a very strong country (England), is what we need to focus on, and I know as a group that we will talk about,” Williamson said on Wednesday.
“At the same time, we’re playing three tests very close to each other, so there’s a look in your mind about that (WTC final), which is a really exciting opportunity,” the Black Caps captain told icc-cricket. com.
New Zealand will take England at the start of the test at Lord’s on June 2, followed by the test in Birmingham on June 10. The country then plays India in the WTC inaugural final in Southampton on June 18-22.
The Black Caps team is currently quarantined at the Hampshire Bowl, the site of the WTC final.
Williamson said playing in the WTC final was “quite special” and that the team was “really excited to be able to play Test Cricket”.
“I know the boys are really excited. Just coming here to play Test Cricket is always a fantastic opportunity, but playing this third one, which is the final of the Test Championship, is quite special.”
This will be New Zealand’s first match since securing a place in the WTC final and Williamson is aware
the challenge facing his team in a country where they did not enjoy winning the 1999 series.
“For us, this is something progressing, which is important. In three tests there is every opportunity to do it. We know that we are facing some really difficult challenges, but I know that the boys are really excited to face them. The first step is going out and preparing for it.
“There is a lot of excitement in the camp and we always know how difficult the challenge is and we play against England in our own yard. I know that all the players are really excited about this challenge,” he said.