Former New Zealand all-rounder Craig McMillan previewed Day 5 of the World Test Championship (WTC) Final, suggesting that Colin de Grandhomme may be the trump card for the Blackcaps in the first innings.
Speaking to the ICC ahead of the day’s play, McMillan explained how the all-rounder may be able to score quickly on a tough wicket, something which Rishabh Pant wasn’t able to do for India.
“They’ve got the likes of Henry Nicholls and it is a strong New Zealand batting line-up. They’ve got Colin de Grandhomme who does score quickly. He might be one of the few guys in this game who might be able to score quickly,” the 44-year-old said.
“He is a boundary hitter, likes going after the bowling. It will be interesting to see how he bats. A little bit like Pant who tried to do that for India but it couldn’t come off. So I am looking forward to seeing how Colin de Grandhomme approaches his innings,” he added.
Scoring runs has been a bit difficult at the Ageas Bowl, with batsmen from both sides taking their time to adapt to the conditions. However, McMillan feels de Grandhomme, who has a career strike rate of 81.50 in Tests, could make all the difference with his fearless batting.
“It’s been hard scoring, it’s been a lot of help for the bowlers, batting has been difficult. The scoring rate has only been 2.27 r/o throughout the Test which I think is the lowest ever for a Test in the UK this century. So scoring runs hasn’t been easy,” he observed.