IPL Suspension An Advantage For India: NZ Coach
Although the two-Test series against England was beneficial, New Zealand coach Gary Stead believes it isn’t as significant as it is being made out to be when compared to their World Test Championship final opponents.
New Zealand Won A Rare Test Match
New Zealand won a rare Test match in England as part of a two-match series leading up to the World Test Championship final against India, which begins on June 18.
“I am not sure if it is an advantage or disadvantage really, it is nice that we have managed to get over here and play some cricket,” Stead said
Stead also pointed out that the shorter IPL allowed India’s top players to rest, which would not have been the case if the T20 competition had run until the end of May.
“I guess the advantage for India is that IPL being shortened, or people would still be playing from the Indian team. So it is a little bit of a different situation for us.
“No doubt, as a coach, I am pleased that we had some time here and had a couple of test cricket. I think it is good for us in getting ready for this Test match.”
Stead said, “it is a real privilege and pleasure to be part of the WTC final.”
“For us, it was an interesting road getting here and we played interesting cricket last couple of years to get here. But we are aware of the strength of this Indian side and they are worthy finalists and really looking forward to the battle in the next week.”
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The fast bowling options available to New Zealand
“It is a nice problem to have. Matt Henry bowled beautifully in that Test, he has been in the group more recently as a backup option for us.
“We know Matt’s ability as well and especially in English condition, he can provide, guess a little bit of point of difference over other guys with his ability to swing the ball … Colin de Grandehomme coming back in the squad of 15, so we have really got six seamers we can choose from for this final.”
Instead of only one Test, Ravi Shastri believes that a best-of-three format would be the best approach to determine the World Test Championship victor.
“I know Ravi (Shastri) has mentioned the possibility of a three-Tests series, I am certainly not against that but the hardest thing is to find the time in the ICC calendar to actually make that work.”
“It is a great honour to be here whether it’s one or three Test matches, so we are looking forward to what’s in front of us. What will be in the future will be around what ICC determines what is the best way forward on a series like this.”
Struck A Double Century
Devon Conway, the New Zealand opener, recently struck a double century on his Test debut against England, and Stead says it has given him a lot of confidence.
“For Devon to get a double hundred on debut, no doubt in his mind has given him confidence that he fits into this level,” he said.
“Kane (Williamson) and Ross (Taylor) have been amazing performance for New Zealand for a long period of time and along with the whole group, we are hoping that they get the best out of themselves for this game as well.
“As a coach, you try and make sure there are no weak areas. I am really pleased that our players had some match times in the last 2-3 weeks to get themselves to be ready for this big occasion.”