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2021 WTC FINAL: India v NZ @ Ageas Bowl Southampton Jun 18-22

Rod

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In terms of the abuse, I was there and I'm 99% sure the guys who got removed where a couple who were a few blocks down from us. They were chatting shit the whole day but I didn't hear what they said to Taylor specifically. However, they did tell Zimbabwe-born New Zealander de Grandhomme to 'go back to South Africa', so this is the intelligence level we're dealing with. Wouldn't surprise me at all if they said something equally stupid in Taylor's direction.

As for the game, I was obviously wrong (along with many others) about the inevitable draw with 2 days left. The 30 run lead proved to be crucial, and it's such an asset to have 4 bowlers who are always a threat of taking wickets and all provide something different. That being said, the way India batted on the last day was totally baffling, I'll never understand it. Pant in particular thought he was playing T20 and was lucky to get to 40. It's not like they needed to bat a long time either, another hour or so and they would likely have saved the test.

In any event, super chuffed to get the win and finally get the major tournament monkey off the back. 2019 doesn't really sting that much any more.
 

JJ

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In terms of the abuse, I was there and I'm 99% sure the guys who got removed where a couple who were a few blocks down from us. They were chatting shit the whole day but I didn't hear what they said to Taylor specifically. However, they did tell Zimbabwe-born New Zealander de Grandhomme to 'go back to South Africa', so this is the intelligence level we're dealing with. Wouldn't surprise me at all if they said something equally stupid in Taylor's direction.

As for the game, I was obviously wrong (along with many others) about the inevitable draw with 2 days left. The 30 run lead proved to be crucial, and it's such an asset to have 4 bowlers who are always a threat of taking wickets and all provide something different. That being said, the way India batted on the last day was totally baffling, I'll never understand it. Pant in particular thought he was playing T20 and was lucky to get to 40. It's not like they needed to bat a long time either, another hour or so and they would likely have saved the test.

In any event, super chuffed to get the win and finally get the major tournament monkey off the back. 2019 doesn't really sting that much any more.
You were there? Lucky bastard…. Must have been a great day!!
 

Mr Angry

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Damn you Samoan and your sweet signing voices, huge thighs and lovely nature, ya merkins..

I have got nuffin, now let's talk about insulting Indians.
 

AlwaysGreen

Immortal
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@JJ And the rest of you lovable kiwis.



Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine has apologised to the Black Caps after earlier predicting they would be “comfortably” beaten by India in the World Test Championship final — admitting that he was “dirty” for missing out on a spot in the inaugural showpiece event.

The Black Caps claimed the WTC mace, $2 million (AUD) in prize money, and bragging rights after pummelling Virat Kohli’s side by eight wickets in a dramatic, rain-affected clash in Southampton this week, forcing Paine to eat humble pie.
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Shortly before the match, the 36-year-old wicketkeeper said India “will win pretty comfortably if they play anywhere near their best”.
His comments followed the Black Caps’ series win against a weakened England, who face Australia in the Ashes in December.
“We all get some wrong. I copped a bit from the Kiwi fans, so I thought I’d come on air and eat some humble pie,” Paine told Newstalk ZB’s D’Arcy Waldegrave.
“I thought the New Zealanders played outstandingly. It’s always a pleasure to watch the way they go about it.
Tim Paine walked back his prediction that India would beat New Zealand if they were at their best. (Photo by Patrick HAMILTON/AFP)

Tim Paine walked back his prediction that India would beat New Zealand if they were at their best. (Photo by Patrick HAMILTON/AFP)Source:AFP
“For such a small nation — I’m from Tasmania, which is obviously our smallest resource state, and we punch above our weight — so I certainly respect what the Kiwis do on an international stage.”
Paine, who captained the Aussies to a series whitewash against New Zealand when the teams last met in December 2019, singled out the emergence of towering fast bowler Kyle Jamieson who has made all the difference for the Black Caps.
“They’ve done well under Kane (Williamson) since they last played us ... they’ve added big Kyle Jamieson, who on day five or six was outstanding, and a quality opening batter which is Devon Conway, so they’re always improving and they always seem to find these good cricketers,” Paine said.
“They’ve added a big tall fast bowler who rarely misses his length, complemented by Trent Boult and Tim Southee. The height that he comes down from is clearly troubling batsmen around the world.
“Devon Conway has come into all formats of cricket for New Zealand and done really well. “When you have a good start at the top of the order, then you’ve got Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, and Henry Nicholls - they just keep coming, they’re a good side and always have been.”
New Zealand were played superbly to win the inaugural World Test Championship against India this week. (Photo by Glyn KIRK/AFP)

New Zealand were played superbly to win the inaugural World Test Championship against India this week. (Photo by Glyn KIRK/AFP)Source:AFP
Paine, whose team missed out on the WTC final after being docked four points for a slow over-rate against India late last year and had two scheduled tours cancelled because of Covid-19, agreed with Kohli that the WTC final should be contested over three matches.
“It’s certainly not the finished product but it’s a step in the right direction,” he told Waldegrave.
“You want to be playing in that Test — that’s why I couldn’t watch the first three or four nights of it because I was dirty that we weren’t there. It’s a showpiece event, it’s a World Cup final,” Paine said.
“Can we make it better? Yes, we probably can but we shouldn’t take anything away from New Zealand.”
Paine also had special praise for Kiwi cricket fans, who flocked across the ditch for the 2019 series.
“I thought the support the Kiwis got when they came to Australia was fantastic. The MCG crowd was brilliant,” he said.
“We’re used to getting that from the English fans but the atmosphere around our grounds when the Kiwis were here was brilliant.”
 

shiznit

Coach
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Interestingly I notice our next tour is India… they only wanted us for 2 tests though…

I wonder if they’ll want to expand that now… 🧐🧐
 

jargan83

Coach
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So when does the next cycle for the Test Championship start? Straight away or are they going to tweak a few things with it first?
 

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