Southampton: India and New Zealand are the two teams that will lock horns in the summit clash, which gets underway on June 18 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. New Zealand opener Tom Latham has said that captain Kane Williamson and wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling are recovering. So, the duo will be available for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India.
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The companion Latham, who stood in place of Williamson in the second test against England at Birmingham. “They are recovering reasonably well. It was important for them to get a bit of rest and be fully fit heading into the next week, so I am sure they will go through the fitness testing protocol over the next day or two in order for them to be ready to go for the next week. Fingers crossed. We will have a fully fit squad.”
Latham told the media, “We don’t necessarily rely on one or two guys. I think it is a complete team performance, guys in different situations, different guys stood up at different times and lot of the guys have been in this group for a long time now, they haven’t necessarily played as much as they would have liked.”
He said that India are a very good all-round side and they will have to be at their best against them in the WTC final.
“Threat from India will be all round the board really. They have a fantastic set of bowlers, lot of quality batsmen that has scored runs in different conditions around the world. They were here a few years ago and played really well so you know we have to play really well to beat them but our focus will shift to them in a couple of days and even though the preparations have not been great over the last two weeks you know it is important shift our focus to playing completely different side,” added Latham.
New Zealand beat England in the second Test by eight wickets on Sunday to capture the Test series win in England after 1999.
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