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Henry, with 78 wickets in 43 ODIs, is part of Kiwi's 15-man ICC Men's Cricket World Cup squad. (Photo:AFP)
Matt Henry (Photo: AFP)
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Matt Henry Joins New Zealand Team For Bangladesh Tour As Finn Allen’s Replacement For T20Is

Matt Henry, a New Zealand fast bowler will join up with his national side teammates in Dhaka as the replacement for Finn Allen for the upcoming five-match T20I series, starting on September 1.

Matt Henry comes in after Finn Allen tested positive for Covid-19 on arrival in Dhaka. Though a replacement has been named, Finn Allen will stay on with the New Zealand squad and be constantly monitored by the team doctor Pat McHugh.

Matt Henry © Getty
Matt Henry © Getty Images.

Matt Henry Isn’t A Like For Like Replacement For Finn Allen But Expands Selection Options: Gary Stead

Matt Henry was initially only part of the squad that was to play three ODIs and five T20Is in Pakistan, starting September 17, but will now leave from New Zealand on August 30 to join the national side in Bangladesh as well.

“Matt’s clearly not a like-for-like replacement for Finn, but he expands our selection options and, in the current circumstances, is the best equipped to join the side at such short notice,” said head coach Gary Stead.

Finn Allen Twitter
Finn Allen Twitter

Matt Henry played a test against England recently in June and he hasn’t been a limited-overs specialist always. The right-arm fast bowler has played just the 6 T20 internationals so far for New Zealand picking up 7 wickets at an economy rate of 8.68. However, his good form in other formats might help him for the T20I series against Bangladesh. Matt Henry last made a T20I appearance four years ago in Napier, also against Bangladesh.

Gary Stead: New Zealand Opted Against Calling Up Any Of The Players In The UK

The decision to send Matt Henry on short notice also had to do with the fact that he has already been vaccinated twice for Covid-19, and has a managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) bed allocated for his return. Gary Stead also said he didn’t consider players currently in the UK due to the seven-day isolation period they would face on arrival into Dhaka.

“And, in the current environment, we remain mindful of the need to carefully balance player workloads,” he said. “We’re not prepared to risk anyone’s well-being by asking them to commit to extremely long periods away from home.”

Gary Stead PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES.
Gary Stead PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES.

Gary Stead said Finn Allen had improved in recent days and there remained hope that he could be available for the later matches against Bangladesh. Matt Henry has played just six T20Is in his career with his last outing coming in 2017. The first match of the series against Bangladesh is on September 1.

Matt Henry has also picked 98 scalps in 55 ODIs and 37 scalps in 14 Tests. Finn Allen has played only 3 T20Is managing 88 runs.

Shane Bond (BCCI.TV)
Shane Bond (BCCI.TV)
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Shane Bond All Set To Join New Zealand’s Coaching Staff For T20I World Cup 2021

Shane Bond, former New Zealand pacer was added as a fourth coach for the Kiwis for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE and the following three-game T20I series against India.

The former fast bowler is no stranger to the team following a three-year tenure as bowling coach (2012-15) and helped out as recently as 2019 in a T20 series against England, along with stints leading New Zealand A. Hence, Shane Bond is familiar with the Black Caps set-up.

Shane Bond will assist the Black Caps at the upcoming ICC Twenty20 World Cup.
Shane Bond will assist the Black Caps at the upcoming ICC Twenty20 World Cup. MARTIN HUNTER/GETTY IMAGES

Shane Bond Hopefully Will Bring Some Tactical Insight For Being In The UAE As Mumbai Indian’s Bowling Coach: Gary Stead

Since stepping back as Sydney Thunder coach earlier this year, former pacer Shane Bond has been assisting the men’s winter training squads at Lincoln and also helped the White Ferns prepare for their tour of England.

The 46-year-old will next month resume his role as bowling coach with the Mumbai Indians as IPL 2021 restarts in the UAE, before linking up with the Kiwi T20 World Cup squad. Head coach Gary Stead said it was great to add someone of Shane Bond’s experience to the group.

Black Caps coach Gary Stead.
Black Caps coach Gary Stead ALEX DAVIDSON/GETTY IMAGES

“Shane’s been in our environment before and understands what we’re about. Being in the UAE (with the IPL) immediately prior to the world cup … he’ll hopefully bring some tactical insight into what’s been happening in the competition,” said Stead in an official release.

“He’ll be an extra set of hands especially around the bowlers, working with the spin and the pace bowlers and developing their plans in a tournament that moves pretty quick – so we need to be one step ahead of other teams,” he added.

New Zealand was the first team to confirm their 2021 T20I World Cup squad last week and will head into the tournament with tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan although without their IPL players. Gary Stead will also miss those two tours with Glenn Pocknall stepping in alongside assistants Graeme Aldridge and Thilan Samaraweera.

Gary Stead: Shane Bond Is Someone Who Always Adds Value

Gary Stead has utilised a fourth coach during past home summers such as Shane Bond’s stint in late 2019, but the role has also been employed for away tours to England and Sri Lanka as well as world events including the recent ICC ODI World Cup – where current batting coach Luke Ronchi was the fourth assistant.

“The fourth coach for me is an opportunity to bring in different voices to the environment and we’ve used it in a whole host of ways in the past. Shane is someone who always adds value and we’re delighted to have him on board,” said Stead.

Shane Bond will link up with New Zealand in the UAE Getty Images/ICC
Shane Bond will link up with New Zealand in the UAE Getty Images/ICC

Shane Bond played 18 Tests, 82 ODIs, and 20 T20Is for New Zealand in his playing days, enjoying plenty of success on the field despite persistent injuries. He will join Gary Stead, Shane Jurgensen, and Luke Ronchi as the coaching staff for the World Cup and India T20s.

NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)
NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)
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Trent Boult Has Doubts About How Points Are Calculated In The WTC

Trent Boult, who will be one of Kane Williamson’s main weapons to unsettle the strong Indian batting line-up led by Virat Kohli, said he still has doubts about how the points are calculated in the World Test Championship.

Backing his side to ‘create history’ in the World Test Championship final against India, New Zealand pacer Trent Boult said he is raring to be a part of the marquee event in Southampton starting from June 18.

Trent Boult will certainly miss the first Test against England next month Getty Images
Trent Boult will certainly miss the first Test against England next month Getty Images

Trent Boult: New Zealand Can Hopefully Create History By Winning WTC

Trent Boult is set to miss the upcoming Test series against England and New Zealand management hopes the experienced paceman will be fresh and ready to go for the inaugural World Test Championship final.

“The way the group has traveled and performed around New Zealand and the world, the boys are in a great place to hopefully create a bit of history,” Boult told reporters at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

Kane Williamson in action during the first Test vs West Indies. (AP)
Kane Williamson in action during the first Test vs West Indies. (AP)

The left-arm seamer, who will be one of Kane Williamson’s main weapons to unsettle the strong Indian batting line-up led by Virat Kohli, said he still has doubts about how the points are calculated in the World Test Championship.

“I’ve taken a while to understand the process with qualifying, how everything works with the points, still think no one knows how that actually works, but to get into that final the excitement is ramping up now,” Boult said.

Talking about the Dukes’ ball, which will be used for the WTC final, the 31-year-old said: “I haven’t had too much experience with it, played a handful of Tests over in England. It reacts a lot differently, then you have to weigh in all these different venues.”

“I’m sure the boys are very excited to get it in their hands and see it move around. Hopefully, we can entertain you a little bit over the next wee while.”

The NZ pacer, who has 281 Test wickets at 28.02, has been getting used to the Dukes’ ball that will be used for the WTC final in Southampton and is excited about what it could offer him. His previous four Tests in England have brought him 21 wickets at 23.14.

Trent Boult Excited At The Prospect To Play WTC Final

Ahead of the WTC final, New Zealand takes on hosts England for a two-match red-ball series. Trent Boult, who has snared 281 wickets in the 71 Tests, will be unavailable for the first Test as he has opted to spend time with his family after the suspension of the IPL mid-season. However, the seamer, who will leave for the UK on Thursday, is hoping to be a part of the second fixture.

Trent Boult is likely to miss both Tests against England before playing the WTC final against India Getty Images
Trent Boult is likely to miss both Tests against England before playing the WTC final against India Getty Images

“Everything is feeling good with what lies ahead, a big stage for the World Test Championship final, and hopefully I can get over there and be part of that second Test (against England) as well. Once I step foot in the UK, get that chance to smell the English fresh air, and see the ball move around a little bit I’ll definitely be excited,” he added.

Trent Boult prepares to travel to England to join his teammates ahead of the World Test Championship final against India later this month. New Zealand coach Gary Stead said that the pacer was unlikely to feature in the 2nd Test against England at Edgbaston before the WTC final, although he himself suggested he had not completely ruled out hope of making an appearance in the 2nd Test.

Likely New Zealand XI for WTC final:- Tom Blundell, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult

NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)
NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)
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Trent Boult Set To Miss Upcoming Two-Test Series Against England

Trent Boult is set to miss the upcoming Test series against England and New Zealand management hopes the experienced paceman will be fresh and ready to go for the inaugural World Test Championship final.

The left-arm seamer will miss this week’s first Test at Lord’s as a result of being given family leave in New Zealand after returning home following the coronavirus-enforced postponement of the Indian Premier League earlier in May.

Trent Boult will certainly miss the first Test against England next month Getty Images
Trent Boult will certainly miss the first Test against England next month Getty Images

Trent Boult Is Unlikely To Play 2 Tests Against England: Gary Stead

But Trent Boult will only arrive in the UK on Friday and the priority for the Blackcaps would be to make sure he is ready to play against India in the World Test Championship final against India at Southampton as of June 18, rather than have him play the second Test with England the week before.

“I don’t think you’ll see Trent in the two-Test matches here,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead told reporters on Monday.

“He arrives on Friday, our planning and what we’re looking at doing with Trent is having him ready for the World Test Championship final. He’s been home, he has had a week of bowling over there which has been great after the fair amount of isolation time at the end of the IPL,” he added.
Trent Boult. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Trent Boult. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
“But our view with Trent right now is it’s unlikely that he will play the Test at Edgbaston. And he’s more likely to be just available for the one-off Test.”
Trent Boult, along with New Zealand trainer Chris Donaldson, who has been with the Kolkata Knight Riders, will spend about a week with their families after undergoing the mandatory two weeks in managed isolation on their return before joining the Test squad in England.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead said that the pacer was unlikely to feature in the 2nd Test against England at Edgbaston before the WTC final, although he himself suggested he had not completely ruled out hope of making an appearance in the 2nd Test.
Earlier, the Mumbai Indians pace spearhead has said he would love to play the remaining matches of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. He picked as many as 25 scalps in only 15 games averaging 18.28 in IPL 2020 at UAE and picked 8 scalps in 7 games in IPL 2021 averaging 27.87 before its suspension.

Trent Boult Is Getting Used To The Dukes Ball For WTC Final

Had the IPL run its full course, Trent Boult would likely have been unavailable for the first Test at Lord’s which starts on June 2 and it may have been tight for the second Test due to quarantine requirements.
Trent Boult is likely to miss both Tests against England before playing the WTC final against India Getty Images
Trent Boult is likely to miss both Tests against England before playing the WTC final against India Getty Images

Trent Boult prepares to travel to England to join his teammates ahead of the World Test Championship final against India later this month. The NZ pacer, who has 281 Test wickets at 28.02, has been getting used to the Dukes’ ball that will be used for the WTC final in Southampton and is excited about what it could offer him. His previous four Tests in England have brought him 21 wickets at 23.14.

Neil Wagner
Neil Wagner (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Gary Stead Confirms Pacer Neil Wagner Will Miss 2nd Test Due To Broken Toes

Gary Stead, New Zealand coach confirmed that star pacer Neil Wagner will miss the second Test against Pakistan at Hagley Oval in Christchurch starting on Sunday due to broken toes.

Neil Wagner braved two broken toes and inspired his team to a memorable victory that would take Kane Williamson’s side to the top of the ICC Test rankings. A Shaheen Afridi yorker hit Neil Wagner on Sunday, but he overcame the injury to bowl in both the innings for New Zealand.

Gary Stead
Gary Stead (Credits: Twitter)

Gary Stead: Neil Wagner Was Amazing As He Braved Injury Concerns

In the 1st Test, New Zealand scored 431 in 1st and 180/5 declared in 2nd innings and dismissed Pakistan for 239 and 271 to win the match by 101 runs. Kane Williamson scored 129 in New Zealand’s 1st innings and was well complemented by Ross Taylor (70), Henry Nicholls (56) and BJ Watling(73).

Pakistan faltered in 1st innings as apart from Mohammed Rizwan (71) and Faheem Ashraf (91) the others didn’t manage double-digit figures. After New Zealand declared at 180/5, Pakistan’s Fawad Alam scored 102 but couldn’t win the match for Pakistan.

“Neil was absolutely outstanding,” Gary Stead told reporters at Christchurch airport on Thursday. “I don’t think there are too many individuals who could do what he did in that test match.”

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Neil hasn’t traveled with us. The injections he was getting (to lessen the pain) were wearing off (quickly) and we can’t let him go through that again.”

Pacer Neil Wagner would be out of action for up to six weeks. Gary Stead said that the Kiwis would likely name his replacement on Friday, adding that they would go “like for like” replacement.

Gary Stead: Fawad Alam And Mohammad Rizwan Neatly Took Match Away From New Zealand’s Grasp

Gary Stead was pleased with New Zealand’s first Test’s performance in both batting and bowling against a tough resilient Pakistan side, who were behind in most sessions for much of the match but were still in with a chance of snatching victory from jaws of defeat in the final session. Fawad Alam and Mohammed Rizwan put up a 165 run 5th wicket partnership after Pakistan were reduced to 75/4.

“That was tough, really hard test cricket and it was good to come out on the right side of it against a tough Pakistan team,” he said.

Fawad Alam
Fawad Alam (Image Credit: Google)

“I thought Mohammad Rizwan and Fawad Alam’s partnership was outstanding … and they nearly took the game away from us. That’s what makes Test cricket what it is,” Gary Stead stated.

Neil Wagner picked four wickets bowling 49 overs averaging 26.25 while Kyle Jamieson picked five wickets averaging 14.

Fawad Alam came back into Pakistan’s test team after a gap of 88 tests and more than 10 years. In the first Test against Kiwis, he scored his first Test hundred after more than 11 years. There was a gap of 4218 days between the two centuries he has scored in his Test career. In July 2009, he became the first Pakistani cricketer to score a Test century on debut away from home.

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New Zealand Announce 13-Man Squad Each For Test And ODI Leg Against The West Indies

New Zealand seam bowler Tim Southee will lead the T20 side against the West Indies that is set to kickstart from the 27th of November. The selectors have rested Trent Boult and Kane Williamson from the three-match T20 series, allowing them time to prepare for the subsequent Test leg against the Caribbeans. Uncapped batsman Devon Conway receives a call-up while Colin Munro misses out owing to his BBL stint with Perth Scorchers.

It is imperative to note that the likes of Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson and Ross Taylor would only be available for the first two T20Is and the replacements for the trio are Doug Bracewell, Scott Kuggeleijn, and Mark Chapman, allowing them to stay fresh for the Test series. Devon Conway, the South African born batsman, qualified to play for New Zealand this August, topped the run-scoring charts in Plunket Shield, One-Day Trophy and T20 Super Smash last season.

New Zealand Announce 13-Man Squad Each For Test And ODI Leg Against The West Indies 1
Devon Conway. (Credits: Twitter)

Head coach Gary Stead is looking forward to welcoming Devon Malcolm in the T20 set-up as Colin Munro heads to Australia to ply his trade for the Perth Scorchers. In the southpaw’s absence, the selectors are keen to look at other options.

We’re looking forward to welcoming Devon into our environment for the first time and I’m sure he’ll soak up the experience. With Colin Munro heading to the Big Bash and therefore unavailable for the Pakistan T20 series pre-Christmas, the selectors are keen to look at other batting options at the top of the order,” Gary Stead told ESPN Cricinfo.

Gary Stead mentioned that given how Kane Williamson and Trent Boult are essential for the Test team and having played IPL, they thought to give them some rest and heal. With their 2-0 victory over India earlier this year in February, Stead remains confident that the Kiwis are on track to play the ICC World Test Championship final whenever it takes place.

“We’ve had to make a decision on Kane and Trent to prioritise the Test matches, given how important they are to our red-ball team and the fact they both played such big roles in the recent IPL while also managing injuries. There’s no secret we’re right in the hunt for the World Test Championship final following our 2-0 win over India [in February], and having Trent and Kane fully fit and focused for the upcoming series will be crucial,” Stead mentioned.

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Colin de Grandhomme. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

All-rounder Colin De Grandhomme and spinner Ajaz Patel, both of who are battling injuries have made it to the 13-man Test squad. Gary Stead claimed that they would require some time to recover; however, remain hopeful that over the next two weeks, things will become clear.

Colin and Ajaz have quite different injuries which are requiring different return-to-play protocols. It’s too early at this stage to definitively say what their chances are, but we’re hopeful the next two weeks will make that clearer,” he added further.

Auckland will play the host for the first T20 international while Mount Manganui for the next two. On the other hand, Hamilton and Wellington will stage the first and second Test, respectively.

New Zealand T20 Squad: Tim Southee (c) (to be replaced by Mark Chapman after the first two games), Hamish Bennett, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson (to be replaced by Scott Kuggeleijn after the first two matches), Daryll Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert, Ross Taylor (to be replaced by Doug Bracewell after the first two games).

New Zealand Test squad: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin De Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk), Will Young.

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Luke Ronchi Appointed Kiwi Batting Coach

Luke Ronchi, the former New Zealand wicketkeeper, has been appointed as the New Zealand batting coach for the upcoming summer season, replacing the post left vacant by Peter Fulton in July.

Luke Ronchi is the only player to have featured in both Australia and New Zealand squads in cricketing history and was part of the New Zealand World Cup side that finished runners-up in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, after losing in the final to Australia.

Peter Fulton
Peter Fulton. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Luke Ronchi: Excited To Be Given Opportunity Full Time

Born in New Zealand and brought up in Australia, he featured in 4 tests and 85 ODIs besides 33 T20Is for both teams, playing in 2008 for Australia and from 2013 to 2017 for New Zealand.

Luke Ronchi
Luke Ronchi. Photo Credit Getty Images.

The 122 matches capped International cricketer has worked with the team regularly over the past two years including the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup campaign in England and Wales.

“I am absolutely pumped. I have really enjoyed being back with the team in recent seasons and it is exciting to be given the opportunity full-time this summer,” said Ronchi in an official statement on Wednesday.

Luke Ronchi announced his retirement from international cricket on 21 June 2017. Luke Ronchi was also recruited by Mumbai Indians in 2007 and played five matches for the franchise throughout the 2008 and 2009 tournaments.

Luke Ronchi: Looking Forward To Seeing How To Improve And Prepare Team At Highest Level

In April 2019, Luke Ronchi was also appointed as fielding as well as wicketkeeping coach for New Zealand until the end of 2019 Cricket World Cup, where New Zealand was runners up to England reaching the finals for the second successive time.

“Getting the chance to continue working with our batsmen is a great honour and I am looking forward to seeing how I can help improve their games and best prepare them to perform at the highest level,” he added.

Gary Stead
Gary Stead (Credits: Twitter)

Luke Ronchi has also been involved with Cricket Wellington’s development programs and has now joined New Zealand’s head coach Gary Stead.

“It will be great to sit down with Gary and the other coaches to begin planning for what will be a busy summer with four touring teams who will all bring different challenges,” he said.

Ross Taylor who is New Zealand’s all-time leading runs scorer said Luke Ronchi had the right credentials to be successful in the role concerned.

“It has been great to have Luke back with the group in recent years and I am personally really looking forward to working with him as batting coach,” said Taylor

“He is obviously got great experience from playing and coaching around the world and I know he will bring plenty of his own ideas to the table,” the right-handed batsman added.

Luke Ronchi had finished his career with 16 First-Class centuries and 796 dismissals including all formats.

Gary Stead
Gary Stead (Credits: Twitter)
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Gary Stead Re-appointed As New Zealand Head Coach

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have handed a new three-year contract to Black Caps head coach Gary Stead. The head coach, who had replaced Mike Hesson for the post in 2018, will now remain with the team until the 2023 World Cup in India.

He had taken charge of the team just 11 months before the 2019 World Cup and has done a really good job so far. In his maiden ICC tournament, Gary Stead guided New Zealand to the final where they lost to England. New Zealand had lost the game on the boundary count rule. Kane Williamson & Co. have enjoyed decent results under their current coach.

In the last couple of years, they have beaten India and England in Test series at home while winning away from home against Pakistan in addition to drawing the series in Sri Lanka. They are currently ranked ranked No. 2 in Test cricket, No. 3 in ODIs and 6th in T20Is and sit 4th in the ICC Test Championship.

The reappointment has also ended the recent reports of a rift between Gary Stead and captain Williamson. Recently, both of them played down the rift rumours and stated that it was simply a difference of opinion and vowed to work together.

Gary Stead
Gary Stead (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be re-appointed,” Gary Stead said. “I think this group of players is growing as a team; there’s an exciting schedule ahead of us and I know everyone is feeling very optimistic about our chances in all three formats.

“I’m very appreciative of the backing I’ve enjoyed from the players, the support staff and NZC and hope I can repay that confidence by helping the Blackcaps achieve their goals and objectives over the next three years,” he added.

Gary Stead’s new tenure will start with the upcoming home season where they are set to host West Indies, Pakistan, Australia and Bangladesh.

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Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. Credits: REUTERS/Martin Hunter
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New Zealand Cricket Squashes Reports Of Kane Williamson’s Test Captaincy Under Threat

It was recently reported that Kane Williamson’s Test captaincy is under threat as it was speculated head coach Gary Stead wants Tom Latham to be the Test skipper. However, New Zealand cricket has squashed such reports that Kane Williamson’s Test captaincy is under any jeopardy. Williamson has done a fine job as a leader in all the three forms of the game and he is going to hold the captaincy bridle.

New Zealand has had great success in the Test format especially while playing in their home conditions. The Kiwis are known to always punch above their weight and they have made the most of their resources.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Kane Williamson has produced the results.

Williamson has led in 32 Test matches in which New Zealand has won 18 and they have lost eight whereas six matches have ended in a draw. Thus, the flamboyant batsman has got an impressive winning percentage of 56.25.

New Zealand also defeated India by 2-0 in the Test series recently when Virat Kohli’s team was placed at the numero uno position in the Test rankings. The Kiwis are now placed in the second place in the Test rankings.

“Coup alert! Kane Williamson’s test captaincy is under threat,” James McOnie, The Crowd Goes Wild broadcaster had tweeted.”

There were questions raised on Williamson’s captaincy when they lost 0-3 against Australia. However, the stylish batsman was able to put it at rest after winning the series against India. New Zealand cricket has clarified that Williamson will keep on leading the Test side.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. Credits: Twitter

“There’s absolutely no truth to any suggestion Kane’s captaincy is under threat,” a team spokesman told Newshub.

Kane Williamson has been able to get the best out of his players and he has backed them to the hilt. Not only Williamson has impressed with his leadership but also he has delivered the goods with the bat. The right-hander is one of the best Test batsmen as he has scored 6476 runs in 80 Test matches at an average of 50.99.

Gary Stead, New Zealand vs India 2020
Tim Southee. Image Credit: Twitter
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New Zealand vs India 2020: Bowlers Need to Maintain Intensity in Christchurch Test – Gary Stead

New Zealand were head and shoulders above India in all facets of the game and it was no surprise that they cracked the Test opener with relative ease. The hosts beat the visitors by ten wickets at Basin Reserve in Wellington and took a 1-0 lead in the two-match Test series.

After this win, New Zealand moved to the fifth position in the ICC World Test Championship points table. Team India who suffered their first-ever defeat in the ongoing Championship sit comfortably on top of the points table. However, for the hosts, the job is not done yet as they will be looking to wrap up the Test series.

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Meanwhile, India are expected to make minor changes in the team for the upcoming Test in an attempt to level the series. The second and final Test match is scheduled to be played at Hagley Oval, Christchurch on February 29, Saturday.

We need to put up a great fight against India in the second Test: Gary Stead

Ahead of the second Test, New Zealand coach Gary Stead said that he couldn’t have asked for a sharp and decisive performance from his pacers in the first Test match. Tim Southee and Trent Boult returned to action after missing New Zealand’s last Test against Australia in early January.

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Accurate performance in Wellington: Gary Stead

Both the stalwarts made a stellar comeback as they took 14 of the 20 Indian wickets. Tim Southee was named the Player of the Match for his scintillating match figures of 9-110. Trent Boult recorded 5/96 while debutant Kyle Jamieson showcased his mettle with 4-39.

“I can’t speak highly enough of the bowling unit and the way they went about taking 20 wickets on a pitch that had a little bit in it the whole time. From my perspective I think it was our most accurate performance with the ball,” Stead told reporters after his team completed the win early on the fourth day itself.

Gary Stead has a strong feeling that India would come back stronger in the second Test. He expects his players to put up a good fight in an attempt to seal the series on a positive note.

“We know we will have to put in a performance that we did in this game because we know India will get better. If we can be as accurate or as clinical as we were in this first game then we will be in for a cracking test,” he added.

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