Auckland, Jul 29 : Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori on Monday said the new ICC World Test Championship is a very exciting prospect for cricket, particularly for the format to have some extra context for multiple teams.He said Test matches already have plenty of meaning but this gives a little bit more for every Test in a series.
It's a format that already means a huge deal to players and the cricket community
but now it can build to something very special. When we get the chance to see a
Test Championship final played for the very first time, we'll have an opportunity to
see how quickly it can capture the imagination of everyone, Vettori writes an
So it’s an exciting time for Tests as a whole and New Zealand have a big year
to look forward to. New Zealand go to Sri Lanka, India go to the West Indies and
there's also the Ashes between England and Australia so there's a lot of exciting
cricket to come, the former New Zealand captain said.
Vettori said Australia v New Zealand is always a contest to look out for and it's
become a real marquee series for the Black Caps to be involved in.
The Boxing Day Test is coming back between the two teams for the first time
since 1987 – it's definitely captured the imagination and there are a lot of people
talking about it. It's a series people want to be involved in, it's one of the premier
events in Test cricket which features a really big crowd, he said.
"And because the two teams are quite evenly matched, it only emboldens that
link and the competitive edge between the sides. Then India come to New Zealand
so it's a big summer ahead for the Black Caps. You'll certainly know how far you
can go in the Test Championship after you've played those sides and it's a good
way of testing yourselves out against some of the biggest teams in Test cricket,"
They are both massive series and it's those types of games that you play Test
cricket for. New Zealand are always a confident side at home, but India have
proven over the past few years that they're a side that travels incredibly well, he
They're a very well-balanced team and there's no department in which they
don't click. So it's all set up to be an exciting series and, for New Zealand in
particular, a good first 12 months of the Test Championship, the former New
Zealand captain added.(UNI)