New Zealand have some contingency plans but dropping the opening day of the World Trials final against India due to the rain shouldn’t make a huge difference in the selection of their team, said vice-captain Tom Latham on Friday (June 18th). ).
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The much-anticipated opening day of the game has been called off without even the draw taking place here on Friday, which should bring the reserve day into the equation.
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“Probably that doesn’t change that much (selection to play XI),” Latham said in a virtual press conference when asked if losing on day one would change their approach to squad selection.
“Obviously with an extra day we rolled up our sleeves, the game can go on for another five full days. I guess for us it’s about waiting and seeing and adjusting to whatever conditions we face and being ready to go when asked.
“We haven’t confirmed the final XI yet, we have to wait and see when we get a chance to watch the wicket. I’m sure Kane (Williamson) and (Gary) Stead have some unforeseen expected. covers come off and have a chance to play. “
While New Zealand are yet to announce their XI, India had named the team for the WTC final on Thursday.
“Obviously both teams can make changes before the toss, so both are in the same position. India named their XI, obviously that may change before the draw, so we have to wait and see once we get to this point in the game, “said Latham.
Rain and thunderstorms were forecast and the skies opened up last night with relentless showers that continued into the afternoon. In accordance with the ICC guidelines on playing conditions for the WTC Finals, if necessary, the sixth day reserve can now go into effect with six hours of play lost on Day 1 itself.
“It’s disappointing, the rain was announced, unfortunately. It’s one of those things that as cricketers we have to adapt, unfortunately we can’t control, for us it’s about waiting for an opportunity to present itself.
“There’s also day 6, so there’s a little extra time that we can use. So wait and see and take a look tomorrow. “
Latham said his team are not looking too far.
“It’s hard to predict the game this far, when you start on day one you obviously want to start well and the results continue from the first and second round,” he said.
“From our point of view, it’s about when we have the chance to go out there and execute our plans as best we can and be able to move the game forward.
“But yes, it’s hard to say what a perfect scenario might look like, until both teams have touched down on the surface.”
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