WTC Final

Neil Wagner reckoned that the World Test Championship (WTC) final would just be like playing the finals of the World Cup. New Zealand and India will lock horns in the finals of the WTC, beginning June 18 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Prior to the WTC Final, the Kiwis will play two Tests against England, starting June 2 at the Lord’s.

“Yeah, it is like a World Cup final for me. The biggest disappointment, I guess, in my career is that I’ve never really played a white-ball game for New Zealand or never been able to crack into the T20 or the one-day game,” Wagner was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

“That ship has probably sailed now and I don’t think the opportunity will ever come. For me now, it’s about putting all my focus and energy into Test cricket and to be able to play in a World Test Championship final is like a World Cup for me,” he added.

“I know this final is the first and there isn’t a lot of history around it, but it’s the start of something that’s pretty big. To play in a one-off Test final against India – one of the best teams in the world, if not the best team in the world – to be able to test yourself against the best on the highest and biggest stage, that’s what it’s about.

“It’s extremely exciting, but I don’t want to think too far ahead. Don’t want to let the occasion get to you, just treat it like another Test match and do the same things you do. It’s definitely going to be a special occasion. That’s for sure,” Wagner further stated.

Earlier this month, New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling said that he would be retiring from all forms of cricket after the tour of the UK. Praising the veteran cricketer, Wagner said that Watling will be sorely missed by everyone associated with the Blackcaps setup.

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