While many believe the two-Test series against England will help New Zealand in the upcoming World Test Championship final against India, coach Gary Stead doesn’t feel the same as well. Notably, New Zealand registered a convincing Test win in England during a two-match series recently before the World Test Championship final against India starting on June 18.
“I am not sure if it is an advantage or disadvantage really, it is nice that we have managed to get over her and play some cricket,” Stead said during a virtual press conference when he was asked if it was an advantage for New Zealand.
He further added: “It is a real privilege and pleasure to be part of the WTC final. For us, it was an interesting road getting here and we played interesting cricket last couple of years to get here. But we are aware of the strength of this Indian side and they are worthy finalists and really looking forward to the battle in the next week.”
However, New Zealand has a strong bowling attack that can trouble any team in world cricket. But while talking about selection for the playing XI, it can be a real deal as everyone is in great form. While talking about their pace bowling options, Gary Stead said: “It is a nice problem to have. Matt Henry bowled beautifully in that Test, he has been in the group more recently as a backup option for us.”
“We know Matt’s ability as well and especially in English condition, he can provide, guess a little bit of point of difference over other guys with his ability to swing the ball … Colin de Grandehomme coming back in the squad of 15, so we have really got six seamers we can choose from for this final,” he explained.
On the other hand, their batting unit too has been doing well. Recently, New Zealand opener Devon Conway had smashed a double hundred on Test debut against England and Gary Stead said that it will boost his confidence to do well in the WTC Final too.
“For Devon to get a double hundred on debut, no doubt in his mind has given him confidence that he fits into this level. Kane (Williamson) and Ross (Taylor) have been amazing performance for New Zealand for a long period of time and along with the whole group, we are hoping that they get the best out of themselves for this game as well. As a coach, you try and make sure there are no weak areas. I am really pleased that our players had some match times in the last 2-3 weeks to get themselves to be ready for this big occasion,” concluded Gary Stead.