Neil Wagner. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND: New Zealand quick bowler Neil Wagner on Monday mentioned his staff is not going to treat the upcoming two-match sequence against England as warm-ups for the World Test Championship (WTC) last versus India.
India and New Zealand will lock horns for the inaugural WTC title, at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl, from June 18-22, 4 days after the Test sequence against hosts England is scheduled to conclude.
“We’re not going to treat these two Test matches against England just as warm-ups (for the WTC final),” Wagner advised reporters on the Auckland airport earlier than his departure.
“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,” he added.
A majority of the New Zealand Test gamers arrived right here on Monday for the 2-match sequence against England and the WTC last against India, however Wagner was half of the second batch of cricketers to depart for their UK tour.
Wagner, ranked quantity three on the planet amongst Test bowlers, skilled with the Dukes ball in Lincoln earlier than departing for England. Dukes ball is used for Test matches in England.
He mentioned he benefited from the camp.
“It’s been quite nice, it’s obviously got different characteristics to the Kookaburra,” Wagner mentioned.
“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 sessions in before going to England.
“On excursions previously you rock up there and you have solely obtained a pair of coaching classes and possibly one head out with the Dukes ball earlier than the primary Test and with that you’ll find your self slightly bit behind.”
He added, “Having had these little bit of trainings main into it has been fairly useful, simply because it is slightly bit completely different, and clearly adapting to it. It’s been actually good preparation and everyone is worked up bowling with it.”
This will be Wagner’s third trip to England as part of the New Zealand squad, although he played there only during the 2013 Test series, besides playing in the County Championship for Lancashire.
“Sometimes you will have to management all that as a result of there is a excessive expectation of the ball doing lots and shifting round however generally you will get there and it may be fairly flat and sluggish as effectively,” Wagner said.
“The good factor about it’s we have a wealth of expertise and the fellows have been there earlier than so we will feed off one another and bounce concepts off one another as effectively,” he added.