ICC WTC Final, Ind vs NZ: Virat Kohli or Kane Williamson? Michael Vaughan predicts his favourite to lift the WTC Trophy – The cricket fans around the world is waiting for the first-ever final of ICC World Test Championship that will take place between Virat Kohli’s Team India and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand at Southampton from June 18. Many cricket pundits have started their analysis for the final and also guessed the final winner. Following the trend Former England captain, Michael Vaughan predicted that New Zealand will clinch the WTC final.
“New Zealand (will win). English conditions, the Duke ball, and India on the back of a busy schedule… they’ll arrive pretty much a week before and go straight into it, [and] New Zealand have two test matches, you could argue warmups against England to get them prepared for the final,” Vaughan told Spark Sport.
“So it’s quite an obvious one for me, New Zealand will be better prepared and they’ll have more of a group of players who’ve played more cricket with the red ball, particularly the Duke ball here in the UK. New Zealand, all the way,” he added.
India sealed their place in the final by securing a win in the fourth Test against England in Ahmedabad at home.
🗣 “It’s really, really exciting to be involved in the final, obviously to win it would be that much better”
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Virat Kohli’s Team India is yet to touch down England while New Zealand have arrived in the UK ahead of their two-Test series against hosts England.
“It’s not difficult, you haven’t had many great teams. You’ve had great players, you go back to the 80s, Richard Hadlee and Martin Crowe were up there with the greatest to have ever played test match cricket. As a team, Brendon McCullum’s team were exciting and vibrant but I never felt they were consistent because they let the opposition in by playing so aggressively.”
Vaughan thinks that New Zealand is one of the best team in the history of the game. He reckons there’s something about the current team that really separates it from the rest.
“Under Kane Williamson, you’ve started to play high class, disciplined test match cricket over long periods, and real quality teams do it over day one to five. And it takes until the end of day five to wear a team down to get that win, this is what this New Zealand side can do,” he added.