Its 60-40 in New Zealands favour against India :Brendon McCullum

By Rohit - May 31, 2021    -    Last updated on May 31, 2021 09:54 PM Its 60-40 in New Zealands favour against India :Brendon McCullum

New Zealand cricket team captain Kane Williamson and Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli

Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he expects the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand to be a closely fought affair. The two teams meet in the final of the inaugural edition of the competition at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on June 18.

McCullum said New Zealand will have a slender advantage going into the final, pointing out that New Zealand will have game time in English conditions in the lead-up to the much-anticipated WTC final.

Indian players are currently in quarantine in Mumbai. The players and the support staff will arrive in England on June 3 following and will be in managed isolation, meaning they will be allowed to train gradually after the necessary negative RT-PCR tests in Southampton.

Notably, Indian players were in hard quarantine and were gradually allowed to work on their fitness while being indoors in Mumbai.

On the other hand, Kane Williamsons men have had their outdoor training sessions after quarantine in England. New Zealand will face England in a 2-Test series, starting June 2 before the WTC final.

"I think 60-40 in favour of New Zealand. Its going to be close. The match practice that New Zealand is going to have led into the final could just title it in their way. I think its going to be close," McCullum told Sports Today.

"Just as New Zealand respects India, as a fan, I will respect India, knowing how good they are and the fighting spirit they have. I think we are in for a ripping World Test Championship final. May the best team win and the best game," he added.

India are likely to be allowed to play an intra-squad practice game before the World Test Championship final. The World No 1 Test side will travel with a 20-man squad and as many as 4 reserve players to England where they will play 5 Tests against the hosts in August-September apart from the WTC final.

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