WTC Final: Top 5 batting performances
16 June 2021
The final of the inaugural World Test Championship is all set to begin on Friday in Southampton when India and New Zealand take on each other in the title clash. According to reports, the final that was scheduled to begin at 3:30 pm (IST) will now commence half an hour early (3pm IST). The early start might provide some help to the seamers.
The Indian team registered a berth in the final of WTC after beating Australia and England earlier this year. They registered a 2-1 victory in the four-match away from home against Australia and then thumped England 3-1 on the home soil.
New Zealand on the other hand, will be coming into this final with a series win against England earlier this month. The Blackcaps defeated the English side 1-0 in a two-match Test series. The first clash at Lord’s ended in a draw while the Kiwis won the second by 8 wickets after chasing down a small total of 38 runs in the second innings.
New Zealand bowlers rattled England in the second innings to bundle them out for 122.
Both the sides recently announced the 15-man squad for the WTC final. India left out Mayank Agarwal and Shardul Thakur from the side for this match. For New Zealand it was Mitchell Santner along with Doug Bracewell, Rachin Ravindra, and Jacob Duffy who faced the axe. Ajaz Patel is the specialist spinner in the team.
"Playing in a World Cup Final is a really special occasion and I know the guys are looking forward to getting into their work here in Southampton," said Stead.