‘Evenly matched, but New Zealand may have an advantage,’ says Brett Lee of the World Test Championship final

The Black Caps are better acclimated to swing bowling conditions than India and will hence have the upper hand in the World Test Championship final.

Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee feels New Zealand will have an edge over India in the World Test Championship final in Southampton because the Black Caps are better accustomed to swing bowling conditions.

In the main event, India and New Zealand will face off on June 18. The Indian squad arrived in the United Kingdom on Thursday and is now quarantined. New Zealand, on the other side, is playing host England in a two-Test series.

“I believe it is fairly balanced there. But I’m thinking about New Zealand’s experience since they’ve bowled in conditions similar to ours,” Lee’s statement on the ICC’s official website.

“It might be good for quick bowling or swing bowling.  So that is where I believe the Kiwis may have an edge based only on that reason. In terms of batting, both teams have batsmen who can play against swing bowling. But I believe it all boils down to bowling,” Lee stated. He believes the final will be won by the team that bowls the best.

The differing styles of captaincy displayed by Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson will be an intriguing subplot to the match. It would be a fascinating clash, according to Lee. “Kane is a lot more conservative, but not dull. He has a superb cricket mind. I appreciate his calm demeanor. He is a cautious captain who attacks when necessary and this kind of patience works for him and the team,” Lee added.



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