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Tim Paine’s World Test Championship Error

Tim Paine, Australia’s Test captain, has apologized to New Zealand after predicting that they would be “comfortably” defeated by India in the World Test Championship final, admitting that he was “dirty” for missing out on a position in the first event.

Black Caps Take Home The WTC

After thrashing Virat Kohli’s side by eight wickets in a thrilling, rain-affected match in Southampton this week, the Black Caps took home the WTC mace, $2 million (AUD) in prize money, and bragging rights, making Paine swallow his pride.

“will win pretty comfortably if they play anywhere near their best”.

His remarks came after the Black Caps won a series against a depleted England, which will play Australia in the Ashes in December.

“We all get some wrong. I copped a bit from the Kiwi fans, so I thought I’d come on air and eat some humble pie,”

“I thought the New Zealanders played outstandingly. It’s always a pleasure to watch the way they go about it.

“For such a small nation — I’m from Tasmania, which is obviously our smallest resource state, and we punch above our weight — so I certainly respect what the Kiwis do on an international stage.”

Guided Australians To A Series

When the teams last met in December 2019, Paine, who guided the Australians to a series whitewash against New Zealand, pointed out the emergence of towering fast bowler Kyle Jamieson, who has made all the difference for the Black Caps.

“They’ve done well under Kane (Williamson) since they last played us … they’ve added big Kyle Jamieson, who on day five or six was outstanding, and a quality opening batter which is Devon Conway, so they’re always improving and they always seem to find these good cricketers,” Paine said.

“They’ve added a big tall fast bowler who rarely misses his length, complemented by Trent Boult and Tim Southee. The height that he comes down from is clearly troubling batsmen around the world

“Devon Conway has come into all formats of cricket for New Zealand and done really well. “When you have a good start at the top of the order, then you’ve got Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, and Henry Nicholls – they just keep coming, they’re a good side and always have been.”

WTC Final Should Be Played Over Three Matches

Paine agreed with Kohli that the WTC final should be played over three matches as his team was fined four points for a sluggish over-rate against India late last year and had two scheduled tours postponed due to Covid-19.

“It’s certainly not the finished product but it’s a step in the right direction,” he told Waldegrave.

“You want to be playing in that Test — that’s why I couldn’t watch the first three or four nights of it because I was dirty that we weren’t there. It’s a showpiece event, it’s a World Cup final,” Paine said.

“Can we make it better? Yes, we probably can but we shouldn’t take anything away from New Zealand.”

Paine also praised New Zealand cricket fans for flocking across the border for the 2019 series.

“I thought the support the Kiwis got when they came to Australia was fantastic. The MCG crowd was brilliant,” he said

“We’re used to getting that from the English fans but the atmosphere around our grounds when the Kiwis were here was brilliant.”

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