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India Struggles In WTC Final Say Monty Panesar

New Zealand batsmen are better at playing the moving ball than Indian batsmen according to Monty Panesar.

New Zealand Will Win The WTC

Former England spinner Monty Panesar believes New Zealand will win the World Test Championship final against India if circumstances at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton favor the pacers.

“At the moment there is a lot of rain around. If the weather stays like this then it will be an interesting battle between the Indian and New Zealand seamers,” Panesar said.

“The New Zealand batsman also play the moving ball better than Indian batsmen. So, that, that would be quite interesting to see if the ball is swinging and moving at some stage during the Test match, how the Indian batsmen, stand up to it compared to the New Zealand,” he added.

The ICC Prepares For A Neutral Wicket

Panesar also anticipates the ICC preparing a neutral wicket rather than a green top, as the WTC is meant to be a strong advertisement for the five-day game.

“They have got a great draining system at the Ageas Bowl. Normally you see nice good hot weather. Hopefully, the game will go on for the whole four to five days,” he said.

“On that basis, you are looking at two spinners (R Ashwin and R Jadeja) from India and three seamers. If the weather is clear then India become favourites. So it depends a lot on the conditions.”

Double-Edged Sword

The Indian team will arrive in the United Kingdom on June 2 and will have about 10 days to train while New Zealand have two Tests against England before the WTC final, which many regard as a significant advantage, but Panesar believes it is a double-edged sword.

“If New Zealand do well in the next two Test matches, then the momentum is going to favour them against India. But if England can beat them, suddenly they’re going to be low on confidence and it is a good time for India to come,”

“James Anderson and Stuart Broad are usually very effective at this time of the year but England have picked a B team (for NZ series) in the absence of some key players, so we will see.”

Confident to win in any circumstances

Panesar believes that, despite not having enough time to prepare, India now has the confidence to win in any circumstances following their victory in Australia.

“If you said the WTC final is in a week’s time, I would pick India as they have played much more hard cricket. The team is probably believing that it can win from any situation, while New Zealand have played good cricket, but they haven’t really had the hard victories like India,” Panesar said.

“What really makes a top team is when you win from really difficult, tough situations.”

The Tour Of Australia

In the absence of Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, and Jonny Bairstow, India’s depth was demonstrated on their tour of Australia, and England’s talent pool will be put to the test in the next series against New Zealand.

“You saw the depth of Indian cricket in Australia, now you will see the depth of England cricket. Where does the team stand if Joe Root doesn’t score? Who steps up if Broad and Anderson go for runs?” Panesar said.

“So, there are many questions that need to be answered.”

The last time India won a Test series in England was in 2007.

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