English Test Not A Warm Up For WTC Final
Two upcoming Test matches of England against India would not be a warm-up for the World Test Championship (WTC) Final.
England and New Zealand are set to play in two Tests in June 2. Tim Southee, BJ Watling, Ross Taylor, and Wagner arrived at London after departing from Auckland via Singapore to join the team in Southampton.
New Zealand Not Going To Treat England Tests As Warm-Up For WTC Final: Neil Wagner
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“We’re not going to treat these two Test matches against England just as warm-ups for the WTC final. I know for a fact we’re going to get out there and pride ourselves the way we’ve been playing Test cricket and we want to win Test matches for New Zealand” Wagner Said.
“It’s been quite nice, it’s obviously got different characteristics to the Kookaburra. The way we’ve been training for the last while is something we didn’t always have in the past, having the facilities and having a marquee up and getting a number of trainings in before going to England.
On tours in the past you rock up there and you’ve only got a couple of trainings and maybe one head out with the Dukes ball before the first Test and with that you can find yourself a little bit behind,” he added
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New Zealand Preparation
Neil Wagner was enjoys their preparation together with his New Zealand Team before the England Tests.
“But having had those little bit of trainings leading into it has been quite beneficial, just because it’s a little bit different, and obviously adapting to it. It’s been really good preparation and everybody is excited bowling with it.” Wagner said.
“Sometimes you have to control all that because there’s a high expectation of the ball doing a lot and moving around but sometimes you can get there and it can be quite flat and slow as well.
The nice thing about it is we’ve got a wealth of experience and the guys have been there before so we can feed off each other and bounce ideas off each other as well,” he added.
The Mecca of Cricket
The Test between England and New Zealand will be held at the Lord’s – The Mecca of Cricket
“The nice thing is that the nerves and the unknowns are away, I’ve played at Lord’s couple of times now. I’ve played one Test there in 2013 and a couple of county games too, so it’s nice to get there when things feel familiar.” Wagner said.
“Sometimes you can get there and get a little but amaze with the whole experience and everything because you grow up as a kid wanting to be there and all those sort of things.
Having been there and played on those grounds, we’ve been around those conditions so it’s nice to go there and hit the ground running, knowing what to expect,” he added.
Kiwi players and support staff
Kiwi players and support staff will be based at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton after being transferred from London Heathrow Airport for the first two weeks of the tour.