Prior to the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India, New Zealand will play two-match England Tests series, beginning 2nd June 2021. New Zealand players such as Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and BJ Watling departed on Monday (NZ time) to join the squad in Southampton. On the other hand, the IPL contingent of Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson, Mitchell Santner, and team physio is set to arrive on Monday (UK time).
Meanwhile, the left-arm seamer, Neil Wagner has said that Blackcaps won’t treat the upcoming England Tests series as a warm-up for the World Test Championship final against India.
“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,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Wagner as saying.
“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.
Prior to the start of the England Tests, New Zealand will play a 4-day practice match against Somerset between 25th May and 28th May 2021. The first Test will be played between 2nd June and 6th June 2021 at Lords, while the second Test will be played between 10th June and 14th June 2021 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.