The final of the World Test Championship is a few weeks away and both the participant nations – India and New Zealand are gearing up for the marquee clash. The inaugural WTC final is scheduled to begin from June 18 in Southampton. Kane Williamson & Co. have already arrived in England and will square off against the hosts in a 2-match Test series before locking horns with Virat Kohli’s Team India.
Meanwhile, Kiwi pacer Neil Wagner expressed his excitement about facing India in the WTC final. While speaking to ESPNcricinfo, the left-arm quick said that it’s going to be like a World Cup title clash for him as he has never played a white-ball game for his country.
“Yeah, it is like a World Cup final for me. The biggest disappointment, I guess, in my career is that I’ve never really played a white-ball game for New Zealand or never been able to crack into the T20 or the one-day game,” Wagner was quoted as saying.
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“That ship has probably sailed now and I don’t think the opportunity will ever come. For me now, it’s about putting all my focus and energy into Test cricket and to be able to play in a World Test Championship final is like a World Cup for me,” he added.
The New Zealand players are already in England, preparing for a two-match Test series against the hosts and though he is excitedly looking forward to playing in the WTC final, Wagner said he would not like to let the occasion get the better of him.
“I know this final is the first and there isn’t a lot of history around it, but it’s the start of something that’s pretty big. To play in a one-off Test final against India – one of the best teams in the world, if not the best team in the world – to be able to test yourself against the best on the highest and biggest stage, that’s what it’s about,” he said.
“It’s extremely exciting, but I don’t want to think too far ahead. Don’t want to let the occasion get to you, just treat it like another Test match and do the same things you do. It’s definitely going to be a special occasion. That’s for sure,” Wagner added.
(With PTI Inputs)