Former Australian spin great Shane Warne has pointed out a flaw in New Zealand’s team selection in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship final against India in Southampton. The bowling attacks of both teams have an entirely different composition, with India likely opting for a more balanced one. Shane Warne feels that the Kiwis committed a mistake by not playing a specialist spinner.
After winning the toss, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson announced that they have opted for four pacers in Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, and Trent Boult. Though off-spinner Ajaz Patel, who performed well against England at the Edgbaston, made it to the 15-man squad, he did not earn a spot in the playing XI. On the other hand, India chose three pacers and two spinners in Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
Nevertheless, New Zealand has managed to do remarkably well in the ongoing final in Southampton. Though Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane are building a match-defining stand, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and Neil Wagner one wicket each. Jamieson broke the opening partnership of 62 by removing Rohit Sharma. Wagner dismissed Shubman Gill on the third ball of his spell, while Boult delivered the massive breakthrough of Pujara.
Meanwhile, Shane Warne underlined that the wicket will spin hugely later as the footmarks have already emerged. Furthermore, the 145-veteran feels if India make anything around 275-300, the match could go out of Black Caps’ hands until the weather intervenes.
Below is Shane Warne’s tweet:
Very disappointed in Nz not playing a spinner in the #ICCWorldTestChampionship as this wicket is going to spin big with huge foot marks developing already. Remember if it seems it will spin. India make anything more than 275/300 ! The match is over unless weather comes in !
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) June 19, 2021