India and New Zealand will battle it out in the first-ever ICC World Test Championship Final from Friday, June 18 until Tuesday, June 22 at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. Can New Zealand back up their series win over England, or will India be crowned champions?
India v New Zealand ICC World Test Championship Final Predictions & Tips
New Zealand head into the ICC World Test Championship Final full of confidence following their crushing defeat of England at Edgbaston.
All eyes will be on Devon Conway this week as he continues to take the world of Test cricket by storm. Conway finished top of the run-scoring list when he scored 306 runs from two matches – including a stunning double century on his Test debut.
He is 29 years old, but in terms of Test cricket, he is still a novice. If he settles early, then he is more than capable of taking the game away from India.
Ajaz Patal joins Conway in the 15-man squad, with Doug Bracewell, Jacob Duffy, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra and Mitchell Santner all being overlooked for this Test match.
New Zealand will be hoping captain Kane Williamson will recover from his elbow problem to lead the team out in Southampton, while Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner will be expected to keep it tight with the ball in hand.
India are no mugs when it comes to Test cricket, but New Zealand have an advantage in that they have recently played two Test matches in England and are quite comfortable with the conditions.
India have named a very strong squad and will always be in the fight. Virat Kohli captains the team, while Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gil and Washington Sundar are included and are capable of posting big numbers to make this Test very interesting.
I like the way both teams approach Test matches but having watched New Zealand close up in recent weeks, I feel they just have the edge over India. I am backing Conway to continue his fine Test form and score the most first innings runs for New Zealand, while Sharma is a joy to watch when he is full flow and I expect him to top score for India in their first innings.
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