Star New Zealand left-arm speedster Neil Wagner has said that he wants The Black Caps to play their best cricket and defend the prestigious ICC World Test Championship (WTC) title.
Earlier this year, Kane Williamson and co. locked horns with Virat Kohli-led India National Cricket Team in the final of the inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC), and they managed to clinch the victory to become the first-ever winners of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC).
Meanwhile, in a video shared by New Zealand Cricket (NZC), Wagner said that the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) mace is a very special thing for him. He asserted:
“No-one can take it away from you. It’s something that’s pretty special and I’m still pretty proud of,”
“I guess the main thing for us now is to put our heads down, and try and defend it, give ourselves the best chance to play the cricket we’ve been playing – the brand we’ve been playing – and make New Zealanders proud”
Neil Wagner added that he wants New Zealand to give it all so that they can make it to the final of the next edition of the WTC. He stated:
“Whatever the result is, as long as we leave everything out there and give it our best, give it our all and play the way we play, the rest will take care of itself.
“Hopefully, things can unfold our way, but yeah pretty confident that the crew we’ve got here is ready to get stuck in and put their hand up,”
Not The Ideal Preparation Leading In, With COVID Around At Home – Neil Wagner On India Test Series
New Zealand will lock horns with India in two-match Test series starting this month. The first Test will begin at Green Park in Kanpur on November 25, and the second Test will be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from December 3.
Talking about the India series Neil Wagner said that he hasn’t played any cricket leading up to the India series, and it’s a frustrating thing but an uncontrollable factor. He stated:
“Not the ideal preparation leading in, with COVID around at home, I haven’t been able to play any domestic cricket leading up to it. It’s a little frustrating, but it’s one of those uncontrollable factors. For now, it’s quite nice to actually hit the ground running,”
Neil Wagner admitted that playing Tests in India is a big challenge, and it is a tough place to play. However, he is looking forward to it. He elaborated:
“It’s just about adapting to the heat, obviously trying to stay dry as much as you can and knowing that the ball’s not going to swing for very long. You’ve got to be quite tight on your lines and heavy on those lengths, be quite ruthless. Like I said the margin of error is quite small.”
“It is a tough place to play, but I think everyone’s looking forward to that challenge – which is tough over here, it’s called test cricket,” he added.
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