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Xtra Time Web Table: India-led Virat Kohli will face New Zealand in the highly anticipated ICC Testing World Championship final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on June 18. Ahead of the WTC Finals, BlackCaps captain Kane Williamson spoke exclusively to ICC Media. Here are the excerpts:
Firstly, we are sitting here at the Ageas Bowl, so I think this is the right place to ask you about the World Testing Championship final. How does it feel to be here knowing that in a few weeks you will be playing in the final against India?
Yes, the two tests against England ahead of the WTC final are important matches that the guys are looking forward to. But naturally there is a gingerbread at the end that took a long time to, I suppose, score points and get a chance to participate in it. Getting a chance like this is great, and the guys know it. You know it’s kind of like the third test match in the miniseries, I suppose, and they’re really happy to take part.
You spoke of test cricket as the pinnacle, as the first final of the world test. What would a Testing World Championship win for the New Zealand cricket team mean?
Oh yes, this is something new and different. They were looking to bring more context to the test format, and I think we saw that at the end of the competition when teams tried to push their arguments for qualifications, which resulted in a lot of exciting results. We saw in Australia, New Zealand, many teams had a chance to pass. I thought it was great to add that context and see ourselves in the position we are in now in the final. It’s exciting. We look forward to it as we come out on top in the world. We know how strong they are and how much they possess. It’s so great to play against each other on a neutral court.
Two test countries that have put a lot of emphasis on test cricket, do you think the World Testing Championship format helped ensure the longevity of test cricket, or do you hope it helps with added context to help keep it relevant.
Yes, this is obviously the idea behind the tournament structure of the Test Championship, added points and things like that to seduce and improve the brand of the game, and I think that when it came down to the tipping point, you could see the equation of what they need. had to do to get to the final. You saw how the parties play exactly what they want. Hopefully this has generated a lot of public interest and fun with Test, which obviously involves cricketers. This is the pinnacle and I definitely enjoy playing it. He added a nice element to the test format.
Your enemy captain, Virat, has always talked a little about you and him. You obviously played against each other in U-19 and played captain many times. How much are you guys looking forward to this noticeable rivalry on the big stage?
Yes, a tough case. Over the years, we played against each other in so many different levels and competitions and knew each other quite well. So it’ll be pretty cool to walk around, throw the ball, and have a little chat in the first final test championship.
A quick comment on the Indian bowling attack you will face, obviously you saw some of them when they came to New Zealand two summers ago.
Yes, they have a fantastic attack. The shiny, obviously shiny side. Throughout the time we have seen their depth, and of course we have seen it in Australia as well. Their fast bowling and spinning department has many strengths. So yes, the brilliant side took first place, which is fair enough to give us a great opportunity to take part in the final battle with the best.
The last question is about Neil Wagner, given that the bowling attack was so well done with Boult, Sooty and the addition of Jameson, he wanted to know the role of Wagner, what role did he play in the last two seasons and what did you explain his success?
Yes, he has been a key part of our team for a number of years and his role is unique and definitely different from other bowlers. His ability to cast long spells and keep applying pressure for long periods of time was something that made him so successful internationally. He is a big member of our side and an important character on our team. It’s always nice to have it with you.
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