New Zealand pacer Tim Southee hints at strengthening pace attack to take advantage of red clay pitch at Wankhede Stadium


Katal Kiwis at rest

There will be a feeling of humidity on the pitch in the continuous rain for three days. Chance of cloudy skies tomorrow. The temperature has also dropped. There are also doubts about whether 90 overs will be played in the first three days of the light over. There was grass on the pitch of Wankhede till Monday. But on Tuesday it was seen that the grass has been cut, especially in the good length spot. However, Virat Kohli himself has said that the pitch will not rotate. New Zealand could not reach Mumbai to practice. Today, the Indian team practiced indoors, but the Kiwis rested. Coaches Gary Stead and Ken Williamson will finalize the first XI after seeing the pitch in Wankhede.

Confident New Zealand

Confident New Zealand

In the words of Tim Southee, it has become clear today that the Kanpur Test draw has boosted the confidence of the entire team. Appreciating his teammates’ fight in Kanpur, Saudi said, “We knew it would be a big challenge for a team like India to handle a strong spin attack.” So everyone was ready as they were. Ross Taylor is an experienced cricketer in the middle order, but many are playing their first Test in India. There is nothing to worry about in the middle order, as it is very difficult to get started in India. The tail enders have also shown courage. We fought till the end. There could be three kinds of results, it is also good for Test cricket. The way we played in Kanpur, we have to give our best in the next five days.

The world champions are gaining strength

The world champions are gaining strength

New Zealand will look to strengthen the bowling department with experienced seamer Neil Wagner to take advantage of the red clay pitch in Wankhede. In that case, William Somerville will be out of the first XI. Ajaz Patel was born in Mumbai, where he will play Tests. Rachin teamed up with Rabindra to manage 52 balls and draw the Kanpur Test. “India’s spin bowling is good, but New Zealand has the skills to handle it,” Patel said. Ajaz remembers various memories of Mumbai. He wants to make the Test memorable here for the first time even after leaving the country to attend a wedding or other function.

Handful of history

Handful of history

India failed to win a Test series against the Kiwis on home soil in 2003. It will be clear by Tuesday whether the Kiwis will get a taste of its repeat, or a Test series win in India after decades. The last time the Kiwis came close to winning a Test series in India was in 1989. Why Williamson’s team will come down with the best XI to make history. The New Zealand squad for the Mumbai Test could include Will Young, Tom Latham, Ken Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Henry Nichols, Tom Blandell (wicketkeeper), Rachin Rabindra, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Azaz Patel.



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