WTC Final: “It comes down to bowlers” says Australian Legend Brett Lee on inaugural WTC final
Brett Lee feels with no home advantage to either teams, bowlers will play a key role in World Test Championship (WTC) final
Former Australian pacer turned commentator Brett Lee feels that the WTC final would be a great opportunity to find out who is the best team around the world currently. India and New Zealand are set to play the WTC final from June 18 to 22 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
The inaugural ICC WTC final had league stages of the tournament from July 2019 to March 2021. Out of which India and New Zealand emerged as top two teams.
Brett Lee in an interview stated that with no home advantage to either team, bowlers will play a key role in World Test Championship (WTC) final.
“This is an opportunity now to find out which is going to be the best team currently around the world. It is a neutral venue with no home advantage. So when you think about who has got a chance of winning, you have got to say, it comes down to bowlers.
Lee feels both the team are evenly poised. But Kiwis hold the edge as New Zealand and England have similar weather conditions.
“The Indian Test line-up that will be on show, they have got some amazing talent, as do the Kiwis. It is pretty evenly matched there, though with the experience of New Zealand because they have bowled in conditions that are similar back home, the Kiwis might have an advantage purely from that fact. Whichever team bowls the best will win the Test.
According to Lee, Duke’s ball swings around in England and if one doesn’t bowl in the right areas, he might go for runs.
“What we know about the Duke’s ball is that it talks. We know that when you go to England when you bowl with the Duke’s ball, it does swing around. If you play in England, and you do not quite get the right areas, you can go for runs, a lot of runs.”
New Zealand unable to finish close games, Lee had some tips for them.
“For someone like New Zealand and Kane Williamson, they have just got to believe in themselves,” he said. “And believe in their defense in terms of their batters, their top five, and believe that they can win it. You have got a great side, and they are playing in conditions that might suit them. But there is a lot on the line.
Lee on how Williamson and Kohli are different from each other, explains Kohli is aggressive and Williamson is conservative.
“Both captains would want to raise a trophy at the end. In terms of the Indian skipper, Kohli, he is such a dynamic player, such a great influencer for the team, a world-class batter. We know that Kohli steps up on the big occasions. He wants to see his side be the first winners of the ICC World Test Championships.
“They (Kohli and Williamson) are different. Kane is a lot more conservative without being boring. He has got a great cricket brain. He attacks when he needs to. At the other side of the ledger, you look at Kohli, he is more of an aggressive captain. There is no right or wrong answer to any of these, but this is going to be a great opportunity to see which one comes out on top because they are different.”