Former England spinner Monty Panesar believes New Zealand will have the advantage over India in the World Test Championship final if conditions are favorable for pacers at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
It’s cold and rainy in the UK right now and if it stays that way for the WTC final from June 18, then it will be New Zealand’s advantage, Panesar believes.
“Right now it’s raining a lot. If time stays that way, it will be an interesting battle between Indian and New Zealand fashion designers. The New Zealand drummer also performs better than the Indian drummers.
“So that would be quite interesting to see if the ball swings and moves at some point during the test match, how the Indian batsmen resist it compared to New Zealand,” Panesar told PTI by phone. UK.
However, if the weather is nice and sunny in the port city of Southampton, conditions will be more suitable for India, the former left-arm spinner said.
Panesar also expects the ICC to prepare a neutral wicket and not a green summit as the WTC is supposed to be a good publicity for the five-day game.
“They have a great drainage system at the Ageas Bowl. Normally you see a nice warm weather. Hopefully the game will go on for four to five days, ”he said.
“On that basis, you look at two spinners (Ashwin and Jadeja) from India and three seamers. If the weather is clear, India becomes the favorite. So it depends a lot on the conditions. “
The Indian team will arrive in the UK on June 2 and will have just over 10 days to train.
New Zealand, on the other hand, play two tests against England ahead of the WTC final and many see it as a big advantage, but Panesar believes it can be a double-edged sword.
“If New Zealand does well in the next two test matches, then the momentum will favor them against India. But if England can beat them, all of a sudden they’re going to lack confidence and now is the right time for India to come, ”he said.
“James Anderson and Stuart Broad are generally very effective this time of year, but England have chosen a B team (for the NZ series) in the absence of some key players so we’ll see.”
However, Panesar believes that despite the lack of time for preparation, India has the conviction to win in any situation after the triumph in Australia.
“If you said the WTC final is a week away, I would choose India because they played a lot more cricket. The team probably believe they can win in any situation, as New Zealand have played some good cricket, but they haven’t really had hard wins like India.
“What really makes a great team is when you win in really tough and difficult situations.
The Australia tour showed India’s depth and the upcoming series against New Zealand will be a good reflection of England’s talent pool in the absence of Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran and Jonny Bairstow.
“You have seen the depth of Indian cricket in Australia, now you will see the depth of English cricket. Where is the team at if Joe Root doesn’t score? Who steps in if Broad and Anderson are shopping?
“So there are many questions that need to be answered.”
Five tests between India and England follow the WTC final and Panesar predicted a 5-0 victory for the visitors.
“The series is in August, the weather will be nice and hot, the counters will be dry. If there had been another moment, I would have said England. This time of year favors India, ”added Panesar.
India last won a series of tests in England in 2007.