World Test Championship Final NZ Playing 11 : India have fought hard to earn a spot in the finals of the world test championship and they will lock horns with Kane Williamson led New Zealand who are a tad lucky to play the inaugural final of WTC.
The final will be taking place at the Ageas bowl in Southampton from June 18 to June 22. The BCCI have announced its squad for both the final and the 5 match test series against England that is set to follow the WTC final. The blackcaps are yet to announce their squad but one can predict their playing 11 for the all important game.
New Zealand is one team which gives very long ropes to their players and that’s one of the reasons why they more often than not have a settled team. They have 2 cool and calm heads in Tom Blundell and Tom Latham as their openers who are more than capable to blunt the new ball to lay a solid platform for their middle and lower middle order.
There are doubts over Ross Taylor’s participation as he copped an injury in a practice session just weeks ago but he is expected to be fit in time for the finals. He will slot just below his captain Kane Williamson at 4.
Two of New Zealand’s underrated performers in Henry Nicholls and BJ Watling will occupy crucial #5 and #6 spots with the all rounder Colin de Gradhomme who is coming back after an injury lay off is expected to take the #7 spot as an all-rounder.
It’s a no brainer that New Zealand have one of the best fast bowling units in swinging and seaming conditions. Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Trent Boult will form a nightmarish bowling unit and one can imagine the destruction that they are capable of causing with dukes in hand.
Likely New Zealand XI for WTC final
Colin de Grandhomme