ICC WTC Final: Former Australian speedster Brett Lee put forth his point of view for the all-important final clash of the World Test Championship. Lee feels that the Kiwis will have an upper hand over India as they are more accustomed to the conditions that will produce swing.
Team India and Kane Williamson-led New Zealand will have one last challenge which will begin on 18th June at Ageas Bowl, Southampton. It will be interesting to watch who will pick up the Test mace and crown as the World Test Champions.
“I think it is pretty evenly matched there. I am thinking though with the experience of New Zealand because they have bowled in conditions which are similar back home,” Lee told the ICC’s official website.
The 44 years old former cricketer reckons the Kiwis will have an advantage if the pitch is conducive to fast bowling and on top of that for swing.
“It may be conducive to fast bowling, to swing bowling. So that is where I think that the Kiwis might have an advantage purely from that fact. Now from a batting point of view, both sides have got batsmen that can play against swing bowling. But I think it comes down to bowling. I think whichever team bowls best will win the final.”
Asked whether which skipper, between Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson, will win the tournament and have the last laugh, Lee replied with a balanced approach.
The commentator said that Kane Williamson’s approach is calmer, conservative without being boring and he is patient while Virat Kohli, on the other hand, is a lot more aggressive, and energetic.
He supported his reply by saying it will be a great opportunity and interesting to watch the battle of two opposite captains and let see who comes out to be a winner.
“Kane is a lot more conservative without being boring. He has got a great cricket brain. I admire his level of calmness. He is a conservative captain, but attacks when he needs to. Because he is patient, and it works for him and his team,” Lee said.
“And you look at Kohli, he is more of an aggressive captain. There is no right or wrong answer to any of these because I have played under captains who are conservative and captains who are too aggressive. But this is going to be a great opportunity to see which one comes out on top because they are different. So yeah, it is going to be exciting to see who comes out on top!” he said.
Lee further denied all the queries relating to the friendship that has been built between players through IPL, like one between Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah. He said that the game will go on with full intensity.
“When you get out there, it is war. It is a battle, and you are playing for your country. That will not change.”