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featurecricketa month ago

Nice guys New Zealand certainly finished l̶a̶s̶t̶ first

New Zealand not only came into this final as the nice guys but also as the favourites, so would they finally put an end to the ‘nice guys finish last’ quote. But will they turn another page in the same notebook?
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
newscricketa month ago

Never thought I’d end my career as World Champion, feels special to sign off with a win, says BJ Watling

BJ Watling, who played his final professional cricket game on Wednesday, expressed that it was surreal to sign off from the sport as a world champion, and revealed that the feeling was satisfying. Incredibly, Watling continued to keep on the final day despite dislocating a finger before lunch.
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newscricketa month ago

Victory in WTC Final makes up for 2019 World Cup heartbreak, expresses Ross Taylor

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, who hit the winning runs on Wednesday, expressed that winning the inaugural World Test Championship made-up for the heart-shattering loss the Kiwis suffered in the 2019 World Cup final. Taylor described the WTC Final as the biggest highlight of his career.
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newscricketa month ago

WTC Final | Special feeling to walk away with an ICC title on a sporting surface, admits Kane Williamson

Post the World Test Championship win, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson called it a special feeling before crediting the win against India to a team effort, from both batting and bowling unit. Williamson also admitted that it is a special feeling for the BlackCaps and credited Taylor’s experience.
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newscricketa month ago

WTC Final | Rose Bowl Day 5 Talking Points: ‘Unlucky’ Shami turns MVP and Williamson’s unfamiliar innings

On day five, certainly not the last day, New Zealand were on the back foot, thanks to India’s pacer Mohammed Shami, who bagged a crucial four-fer, bowling the English length. However, at the other end, there was something unfamiliar, a Kane Williamson innings of 49 having faced 177 deliveries.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
newscricket2 months ago

WTC Final | We will try our best to carry on our form against India, admits BJ Watling

Ahead of his final appearance for New Zealand, BJ Watling has admitted that the BlackCaps will try to their level best to carry forward their golden-form against India in the WTC Final. Watling, while expressing his excitement, insisted that he would take the WTC clash like another Test.
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newscricket2 months ago

WTC Final | Ajaz Patel leapfrogs Mitchell Santner in the 15-man squad against India

On Tuesday, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced that Ajaz Patel and Devon Conway made the 15-man cut for the World Test Championship final against India. Meanwhile, Doug Bracewell, Jacob Duffy, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra and Mitchell Santner were dropped from the squad.
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newscricket2 months ago

ENG vs NZ | BJ Watling ruled out of second Test with sore back; Tom Blundell to keep

New Zealand have confirmed that wicket-keeper BJ Watling, who was set to play his penultimate Test, will miss the Edgbaston Test with a sore back. Watling, who took three catches in the first Test at Lord’s, will be replaced by Tom Blundell, who will slot down the order and take the gloves.
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newscricket2 months ago

Twitter reacts to Dominic Sibley helping England put an end to New Zealand’s hope of a win

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson dangled the carrot in front of England when he set the hosts a target of 273 on the final day in front of 7,000 fans. However, while the BlackCaps tried their level best to make something of the game, Dominic Sibley’s knock ensured England came home with a draw.
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newscricket2 months ago

Twitter reacts to ‘magician’ Watling trying to stump Rory Burns without the ball in hand

They called BJ Watling underrated, for his wicketkeeping and batting but on Saturday, he brought around a new facet of his career - being a magician. After Rory Burns had walked past Mitchell Santner’s delivery, magician Watling had missed the ball before he removed the bails from its groove.
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