ICC WTC Final: Five New Zealand players who are in top form after ENG vs NZ series – Kane Williamson’s New Zealand side used the two-match England series to get their key players back in form ahead of the World Test Championship final against Team India at Southampton from June 18.
Team India is playing an intra-squad practice match will not be able to play a single warm-up match ahead of the WTC final while on the other hand, New Zealand played top-notch cricket against England in the first as well as in the second Test where they defeated the hosts by 8 wickets.
ICC WTC Final: Right from debutant Devon Conway and Matt Henry to veterans Ross Taylor, Trent Boult and Tim Southee all have shown a glimpse of form ahead of the WTC final, which will give the edge to Blackcaps.
In this article, we at Insidesport will take you through the list of five New Zealand players who are in top-notch form after the ENG vs NZ series.
- Devon Conway
- Ross Taylor
- Matt Henry
- Trent Boult
- Tim Southee
ICC WTC Final: Devon Conway
New Zealand were facing a problem at the top of the order with no one there to support Tom Latham. The middle order is packed with batsmen like Taylor and Williamson but they needed one quality batsman at the top and in came Devon Conway. The 29-year-old smashed double ton in his first-ever test match that to in England against one of the best-bowling pairs of James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Conway will be a big threat for Team India in the WTC final.
ICC WTC Final: Ross Taylor
Probably one of the most experienced players who will feature in the final of WTC in Southampton, Ross Taylor is back in form after a small rough patch. The way he played shot against Mark Wood and Olly Stone in the second Test, Taylor has definitely sent a warning to Team India. Riding on the back of a solid 80 in the first innings of the last Test, Taylor will back himself to score big in the WTC final.
ICC WTC Final: Matt Henry
In a team that have bowlers like Boult and Southee, Matt Henry managed to overshadow both of them on few occasions in the England series. Henry troubled English batsman with his consistent line and length. The right-arm pacer picked six wickets in the last Test. It will be very hard for the New Zealand team management to leave Matt in the WTC final.
ICC WTC Final: Trent Boult
Left-arm pacer Trent Boult, who missed the first Test due to family reason, bowled like he was never gone. In the very first innings of the game, he picked up a four-wicket haul while in the second innings he picked two more wickets taking his tally to 6. Boult has a history of troubling Indian batsmen on the big occasion and there can’t be a bigger event than the ICC World Test Championship final.
ICC WTC Final: Tim Southee
New Zealand team mangement decided to rest Tim Southee in the second Test against England to keep him fresh for the WTC final. In the first Test, Southee took a six-wicket haul in the first innings and one wicket in the second. Southee will be Kane Williamson’s biggest weapon in the WTC final.