The New Zealand team on tour for the two-season series against host England, as well as the World Cup final (WTC) against India next month, took a break from training to witness the last day of the district game between Hampshire and Leicestershire.
The New Zealand cricket board posted on Twitter a photo of players who witnessed the game on the field, where they will play the WTC final from June 18 to 22. Before that, they will have another chance to explore the field and the field through a team warm-up game from May 26 to 28 between Team Southee and Team Latham.
“These guys love cricket. The players and support staff are taking action on the last day between @hantscricket and @leicsccc,” the board said Saturday night.
The Kiwis, who arrived here last week and are under mandatory isolation, are in Southampton before moving to London for the first test against England at Lord’s. They then played England in Edgbaston’s second test in Birmingham before returning to Southampton for the WTC final.
“It’s nice to be here (Southampton). The boys can meet. I guess we’ll probably be in the same room when we get back,” Bowling South, who will lead one of the warm-up teams, told reporters on Friday.
“When you get back to the final, it’s a little more comfortable to spend some time here and use the facilities and hopefully you can get out and make the most of it later in the team’s game in the middle,” he added.