With the first final of the World Test Championship (WTC) only a month away, former England skipper Michael Vaughn threw his weight behind New Zealand to win the long-awaited race against India.
The Kane WilliamsonThe New Zealand country has already arrived in the UK for its series of two tests against England. The Indian contingent, on the other hand, is expected to arrive in the first week of June. The former England captain feels that the Kiwi players will have been accustomed to the conditions in England before They grow kohli and Co. reaches Southampton.
The WTC final, due to be played on June 18 at the Ageas Bowl, will be a repeat of the 2019 World Cup semi-final, where New Zealand secured an 18-time victory in a rainy match against India.
“New Zealand (will win). The English conditions, the ball of the Duke and India, at the back of a busy schedule, will arrive almost a week before and go straight into it [and] “New Zealand has two test matches, you could argue Warmups against England to prepare them for the final,” Vaughn told Spark Sport.
“So it’s pretty obvious to me, New Zealand will be better prepared and there will be more than a group of players who have played more cricket with the red ball, especially Duke’s ball here in the UK. New Zealand, to the end.”
Vaughn also said that New Zealand has started playing “disciplined” cricket test with Captain Williamson. BlackCaps have had great players in the past, but have never been consistent as a team, according to the 46-year-old.
“It’s not hard, you didn’t have a lot of great teams. You had great players, you go back to the ’80s, Richard Hadley and Martin Crow were there with the greatest who ever played test cricket. As a team, Brendan’s team “McCallum was exciting and alive, but I never felt they were consistent because they let the opposition in, playing so aggressively,” Vaughn added.
“Under Kane Williamson, you started playing high-class cricket, a disciplined test game for long periods, and real-quality teams do it every day from one to five. And it takes a team until the end of day five this victory, that’s what this New Zealand country can do, “said Vaughn.