New Zealand are all set to begin their World Test Championship campaign against Sri Lanka on Wednesday. Before the series starts, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said that the final will certainly give the competitive edge in future series. Top nine ranked teams will play each other in two years for a place in the final at Lord’s which will take place in 2021.
“It’s a welcome addition to the Test format, bringing that context into every Test match that you play,” Kane Williamson told reporters. “Every time you play any team it’s very, competitive, but now there’s that added carrot where in two years time everyone is vying for an opportunity to play in a Test Championship final, which will be a really exciting thing to be a part of.”
New Zealand are the number two ranked team in Tests and a 2-0 series win over Sri Lanka will help them to move up the order.
“If that happens, that would be great. The thing with rankings is that they fluctuate throughout a season, and are purely a reaction to the cricket that you’re playing,” said Williamson. “For us, we’re just focused on the cricket because that gives us the best chance of success. We’re looking forward to the challenge here against Sri Lanka.”
“In the 10 or 12 days we’ve been here, about eight of them have been rained out. It’s just one of those things that you try and prepare mentally as best as you can,” said Williamson.
However, Sri Lanka looked a weaker side in respect to New Zealand.
“We did our basics right in South Africa and that’s the reason why we won. We are in a good position now and we are excited to play tomorrow,” said Karunaratne. “What I have done is to give freedom to all players and they have gone onto express themselves with their performances,” he said.