WELLINGTON, December 25
New Zealand’s late push for a place in next year’s International Cricket Council’s World Test Championship final will come to a head against an injury-hit Pakistan when their two-Test series begins tomorrow. Kane Williamson’s side are third behind Australia and India and need to win both the first game at Bay Oval and then the second on January 3-7 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch to give themselves any chance of making the final at Lord’s.
Williamson, however, was well aware they would also need other results go their way, which may account for him attempting to downplay the underlying significance of the series. “I think the context of that (the Test championship) is great for the game in general,” he said. “But our focus … is to basically start again. It’s about coming back to the basics.” — Reuters