WTC Final: New Zealand is not going to take England Test as 'warm-up' for big clash, says Neil Wagner

WTC Final: New Zealand is not going to take England Test as 'warm-up' for big clash, says Neil Wagner

New Zealand pacer Neil Wagner said that the Blackcaps are not going to take the two-Test match series against England as a ‘warm-up’ to the World Test Championship final against India. Wagner was among the second set of Kiwi players for the flight to London, the first set of players carrying the likes of skipper Kane Williamson have already landed in the UK.

Notably, New Zealand are scheduled to play hosts England in a two-match Test series, beginning on June 2, before facing India in the World Test Championships final at Southampton from June 18.

"We’re not going to treat these two Test matches against England just as warm-ups [for the WTC final]. I know for a fact we’re going to get out there and pride ourselves the way we’ve been playing Test cricket and we want to win Test matches for New Zealand,” Wagner told reporters before leaving Auckland for England.

“It’s been quite nice, it’s obviously got different characteristics to the Kookaburra,” Wagner said. “The way we’ve been training for the last while is something we didn’t always have in the past, having the facilities and having a marquee up and getting a number of training in before going to England. 

On tours in the past, you rock up there and you’ve only got a couple of training and maybe one head out with the Dukes ball before the first Test and with that you can find yourself a little behind.

“But having had those little bits of training leading into it has been quite beneficial, just because it’s a little different, and obviously adapting to it. It’s been perfect preparation and everybody is excited about bowling with it. Sometimes you have to control all that because there’s a high expectation of the ball doing a lot and moving around but sometimes you can get there and it can be quite flat and slow as well. The nice thing about it is we’ve got a wealth of experience and the guys have been there before, so we can feed off each other and bounce ideas off each other as well,” he was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.