Mumbai: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is excited about taking on top-ranked team India at a neutral venue in the final of the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC).
Williamson said in the ICC release, “They have tried to bring more context to the Test format and I think we saw it towards the end of the competition, the teams were trying to put their side to qualifying, which led to very exciting results.”
“We saw that in Australia, in New Zealand, a lot of teams had a chance to consider, add to that context and for us to see ourselves in the position we are in the finals now. It is exciting.
“We are looking forward to that when we are taking on the top rank side in the world. We know how strong they are and they have depth. It is very exciting to play against each other at neutral venues,” he added.
“There is a carrot at the end that has taken a long time to, I suppose, accumulate points and have the opportunity to be involved in it,” said Williamson.
“To get that chance is exciting and the guys know it. You know it’s sort of the third Test match of the mini-series I suppose, and they are really excited to be involved,” he added.
India and New Zealand will face each other in the final of the WTC at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton from June 18. Williamson said the concept of the WTC has driven teams to wins rather than draws over the years.
New Zealand and England are currently locking horns in a two-match Test series of which the first game ended in a draw on Sunday. The Kiwis are looking at the WTC final as the third Test match of the mini-series.