With the weather all cleared out on the second day of the inaugural ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final, the much-awaited summit clash is all set to kick off. New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson has opted to field first in the WTC final at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton after the first day was washed out due to rain.
After winning the toss, the Blackcaps captain Kane Williamson said, “We’ll bowl first. Conditions, with the weather around, hopefully, we can make the most of it. Saying that the wicket will be consistent throughout the game going by the cool weather. Have gone for four frontline seamers. No spinner. Great occasion and great challenge against the best team in the world. The first time a WTC final, guys are really excited. A big player for us and a real leader within our group (Watling). A great occasion for him to play his last game. Great to be in this position. Two years trying to qualify – for us, we’re fortunate to be here.”
Indian skipper Virat Kohli confessed that he would have taken the same decision if he had won the toss. “We would’ve probably bowled first as well. But runs on the board has been our strength. In a big final, runs on the board, however many, are an advantage. As you saw the makeup of our side, the balance is such that we prepare for any conditions. We’ve been performing really well in Test cricket. For us this is just a Test match we have to be professional in, have to follow our processes,” Kohli said.
WTC Final: Playing XI of Finalists
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand Playing XI: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling(w), Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult