The first WTC champions New Zealand return home with an ICC mace

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Tim Southey from New Zealand

The triumphant New Zealand cricket team returned home on Saturday after beating India in the final of the first World Test Championship in Southampton.

The inspiring skipper of the team, however Kane Williamson and several others were not part of the group that landed here on Saturday morning.

While Williamson stayed to play The Hundred with Birmingham Phoenix on July 21, Devon Conway (Somerset), Kyle Jamieson (Surrey) and Colin de Grand (Hampshire) stayed in England for the Twenty20 blast.

Eleven cricketers and eight assistants returned to Auckland via Singapore. New Zealand was honored with the ICC’s mace after beating India with eight wickets in Southampton on Wednesday to take the opening crown of the World Test Championship.

“The boys are in ecstasy. There was a mixture of emotions and rejoicing. Once we get home and quarantined, we hope to continue the festivities,” left Trent Bult was quoted by

Kiwi players will now serve a two-week quarantine period before being able to reunite with their families. New Zealand’s chief executive of cricket, David White, described the victory over India as “a huge achievement, one of our great days. I am extremely proud of the team and the whole organization.”

White said the board planned to honor the players soon in recognition of their exploits, but ruled out a street parade.

“We haven’t finalized it yet, but we will certainly strive to bring them together in some form to celebrate them,” White said.

“I don’t think there will be a parade. The current situation is challenging, but gathering everyone would be great if we could celebrate with our trading partners and our larger cricket family.”



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