India’s pace of attack is on par with swinging operators from New Zealand, but the batsman Black Caps Henry Nichols is more cautious about the threats posed by Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja can pose during the upcoming final of the World Test Championship
India and New Zealand will be vying for their first Ageas Bowl title in Southampton, one of those rare English tracks known to help slow bowling for a significant period of test matches.
“India has a very good seam attack and also has experienced spinning machines like Ashwin and Jadea. They have been consistent in all parts of the world (lately) and have quality (for attack),” Nichols, who has been in good form at the end of the cricket test, PTI said in an interview.
“Mohamed Shami, along with Jasper Bumra and Ishant Sharma, have proven their quality over the years, which is similar to our tailors (Trent Bult,, Tim Southy and Neil Wagner) that we are really proud of.
“So if you face a lineup like that, it’s an exciting challenge and as a group we expect it to be difficult, but we also look forward to the challenge,” the 29-year-old Southern Paw, who enjoys 43 plus an average of more than 37 test matches, said .
His teammate Devon Conway’s strategy of pouring dry cat litter on the track to create rudeness was backed by Nichols as they play in a “neutral spot” that is known to help spinners.
“It was something we experimented with in the camp before we came to Britain. You managed to turn around a bit more and train. So, playing in a neutral place, we have to check what the doors will be like there. Also the trick of Ashwin and Ravi “Jadea is something we need to be prepared for,” Nichols said.
Nichols was part of the New Zealand team that defeated India for three days in two home tests in early 2020, something that will give them confidence to enter the final.
“This is an exciting challenge, as we will finally play a Test match in a neutral place. So for both sides, the look of the game is leveling off.
“We beat them 2-0 last season (2019-20). But we know and accept that this is a different challenge, but as a group we accept a lot of confidence from this series of victories against India. Obviously number one and two play the final too is a challenge, “he said.
The sequence of Nicholls results in the last three tests is 174 (against West India), 56, 11 and 157 (against Pakistan).
“It’s good to kick and get some great results. I played well the season before, but I didn’t get the results, so a lot of them were like keeping things the same.
“If I come in, I want to fight as much as I can. To be able to do it a few times over the summer, it was good to contribute to a few test wins,” Nichols said.
He recently had several major partnerships with a skipper Kane Williamson, including a monumental 369 series against Pakistan in Christchurch.
“Kane is one of the best in the world and so consistent in all three forms that you’re just trying to watch him and learn how he’s doing,” Nichols said.
“He’s a brilliant and great person to talk to about the game. He keeps his plans pretty simple. So it’s also nice to be someone you want to fight with in the middle and have the best place in the house. when Kane goes on strike. “
Before the WTC final, New Zealand will play Lord’s England in the first of two test matches.
The best scorer of Black Caps in this fateful final of the 2019 World Cup is still sometimes difficult to break away from disappointment.
“It’s something that will stay there forever,” Nichols said of the game, which New Zealand lost when counting borders.
“It would be an amazing game of cricket all over the world, but it turned out to be the World Cup final in Lord, which made it special.
“It was frustrating as a band not to win this, but we certainly raised our heads high after such a performance. But again, the way it ended was the way it ended. You can’t do much about it,” he concluded.