Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand, has revealed that he wants less grass on the Southampton pitch for the World Test Championship (WTC) final on June 18 because there is already plenty of rain in the area. He described the Indian bowling attack, which his team will face in the WTC final, as “fantastic” and “deep.”
“Yes, they have a fantastic offence. Brilliant, unquestionably a brilliant side. We’ve seen their depth throughout, and it’s something we’ve seen in Australia as well. They have a lot of strengths in fast bowling and spin “Williamson stated this in an interview with the International Cricket Council (ICC) website.
“So yeah, [India are] a brilliant side, ranked right up there, which is fair enough, and it’s an exciting opportunity for us to be involved in the final taking on the best,” Williamson continued.
The 30-year-old stated that the 2019 50-over World Cup final, in which his team lost to New Zealand due to a boundary count, is not on the team’s mind because it is a different format.
“Certainly not something the guys have discussed. I suppose it’s a different side with a different format… The match you mentioned was a memorable one, with some controversy and everything, and people enjoyed watching it at the end of the day. That is why so many people enjoyed it. Hopefully, it (the WTC final) will be a great spectacle, with a good crowd and a great game! “Williamson elaborated.
The right-handed batsman described the two Tests against England that preceded the WTC final as “excellent preparation.” “Yes, the two Tests against England before the World Cup final are crucial matches that the players are looking forward to. But, of course, there is a carrot at the end that has taken a long time to accumulate points and have the opportunity to participate in it. It’s an exciting opportunity, and the guys are aware of it. It’s the third Test match of the mini-series, I suppose, and they’re very excited to be a part of it.”
The Tauranga-born batsman, who is one of the Fab 4 batsmen in modern world cricket, hinted that the pitch for the WTC final could aid swing and seam during rainy conditions and that he expected the curators to keep less grass.
“Mow it a little, maybe give it a roll! I don’t know the team yet; let’s see what the circumstances are. So far, all we’ve seen is rain, almost every day. To be honest, it’s nice to be outside, just getting some practise against the Dukes (ball) in various conditions “He continued.