Neil Wagner. (Picture by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Photographs)
AUCKLAND: New Zealand quick bowler Neil Wagner on Monday mentioned his staff shouldn’t be going to deal with the upcoming two-match collection in opposition to England as warm-ups for the World Take a look at Championship (WTC) ultimate versus India.
India and New Zealand will lock horns for the inaugural WTC title, at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl, from June 18-22, 4 days after the Take a look at collection in opposition to hosts England is scheduled to conclude.
“We’re not going to deal with these two Take a look at matches in opposition to England simply as warm-ups (for the WTC ultimate),” Wagner advised reporters on the Auckland airport earlier than his departure.
“I do know for a reality we will get on the market and satisfaction ourselves the best way we have been taking part in Take a look at cricket and we wish to win Take a look at matches for New Zealand,” he added.
A majority of the New Zealand Take a look at gamers arrived right here on Monday for the two-match collection in opposition to England and the WTC ultimate in opposition to India, however Wagner was a part of the second batch of cricketers to go away for his or her UK tour.
Wagner, ranked quantity three on the planet amongst Take a look at bowlers, skilled with the Dukes ball in Lincoln earlier than departing for England. Dukes ball is used for Take a look at matches in England.
He mentioned he benefited from the camp.
“It has been fairly good, it is clearly bought totally different traits to the Kookaburra,” Wagner mentioned.
“The way in which we have been coaching for the final whereas is one thing we did not all the time have previously, having the amenities and having a marquee up and getting numerous coaching periods in earlier than going to England.
“On excursions previously you rock up there and you have solely bought a few coaching periods and perhaps one head out with the Dukes ball earlier than the primary Take a look at and with that you will discover your self just a little bit behind.”
He added, “Having had these little little bit of trainings main into it has been fairly helpful, simply because it is just a little bit totally different, and clearly adapting to it. It has been actually good preparation and everyone is worked up bowling with it.”
This might be Wagner’s third journey to England as a part of the New Zealand squad, though he performed there solely in the course of the 2013 Take a look at collection, moreover taking part in within the County Championship for Lancashire.
“Generally it’s important to management all that as a result of there is a excessive expectation of the ball doing quite a bit and shifting round however generally you will get there and it may be fairly flat and sluggish as effectively,” Wagner mentioned.
“The great factor about it’s we have got a wealth of expertise and the blokes have been there earlier than so we are able to feed off one another and bounce concepts off one another as effectively,” he added.