They pushed hard to win the title, and it was fair that the newly crowned world test champions, New Zealand, pushed the “boat out” a bit more as they celebrated their significant triumph before returning home.
Crowned world test champions after a two-year grind, New Zealand players let their hair down as they celebrated a landslide victory with eight straps over India. They even gave the mace a nickname – Michael Mason, by the way a former move that represented the country in only one test.
Mason, now 46, played only one test in 2004 and competed in 26 ODIs and three T20Is between 2003 and 2010. He was a workhorse from a non-traditional cricket region of the country.
“We had a great evening. The boys were obviously quite confused after a fantastic game of cricket … you combine such a special moment after two years of hard work … it was appropriate to push the boat a little,” Captain Kane Williamson was quoted by “stuff.co.nz”.
Asked about his health the morning after the holiday night, the sympathetic captain said: “My version of this may not be the same as some others … I feel good.”
How long did it last? Williamson was uncertain.
“I don’t think I was the last person, so maybe I’m not the person to ask me,” said Williamson, who was in the fold for more than seven hours in the final, scoring 49 and 52, not against India’s quality bowling attack in difficult conditions.
Senior fast bowler Trent Bult said Neil Wagner did not leave the mace out of his sight.
“Waggy (Neil Wagner) probably hasn’t released the mace since last night,” Bult said.
“The boys are ecstatic. There was a mixture of emotion and rejoicing. Once we get home and quarantined, we hope to continue the festivities.”
Bowling partner of Boult, Tim Southy, had a mace as they boarded the plane at home.
“Last night was brilliant. Finishing the job after it came down on the wire on the sixth day was very special. There was a certain emotion for the boys in the camp. There was a lot of disappointment with the (bad) weather around,” Southey said.
“It’s hard to judge the reaction from home because we’re so far away, but I’m sure there are a lot of emotions and a lot of pride.
“Messages flew by. We can’t wait to go home and celebrate with everyone.”
Jimmy Niysham, who plays for “Black Caps” in ODI and cricket Twenty20, wrote on Twitter his concern about drinking from the mace.
“I really only have one problem with the World Trial Championship, so hell, you have to drink from a mace,” he said.
However, Williamson will not witness the reception of the players at home and the subsequent celebrations, as he will stay in the UK to play in The Hundred with Birmingham Phoenix, which is scheduled to begin on July 21.
Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson and Colin de Grand will also stay in England to play Twenty20 Blast.