New Zealand are shaping itself quite well ahead of the ICC World Test Championship final against India at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The Kiwis are on the brink of creating history as they prepare to consign England to their first home Test series defeat in seven years. Not many gave New Zealand a real chance of outplaying England in their backyard; however, they could well accomplish it on Sunday.
Even as New Zealand carried out six changes for the second Test, including leaving out Kane Williamson due to an injury, they have managed to stay on top for the best part of three days. New Zealand also dominated the first Test at the Lord’s; hence, toppling England in their backyard would be a warning shot for India ahead of the decider. Yet, a handful of players have to warm the bench in the final in Southampton since only 11 players could be accommodated.
Here we take a look at 5 New Zealand players who will be benched in the ICC World Test Championship Final:
Daryl Mitchell replaced Colin de Grandhomme for the ongoing second Test against England at the Edgbaston. Colin de Grandhomme recorded only nine runs in the first Test at Lord’s and went wicketless; however, the Zimbabwean bowled economically. Hence, Mitchell was slotted in the side, but he registered a single-figure score as well without taking a wicket and bowling miserly.
Despite Colin De Grandhomme not coming up with the runs at a crucial juncture in the first Test, he is likely to play in Southampton against India. The right-handed batsman is not only a game-changer with the bat but with the ball too. De Grandhomme’s nagging line and lengths if there are overcast conditions could maintain the pressure on the Indian batsmen.