World Championship Adds Spice To Test Clash, Says Williamson
Galle, Sri Lanka, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 13th Aug, 2019 ) :New Zealand start their world test championship campaign against Sri Lanka on Wednesday and captain Kane Williamson said that vying for a place in a world final will add to the competitive edge in future series.
"It's a welcome addition to the Test format, bringing that context into every Test match that you play," Williamson told reporters.
"Every time you play any team it's very, competitive, but now there's that added carrot where in two years time everyone is vying for an opportunity to play in a Test Championship final, which will be a really exciting thing to be a part of." New Zealand are currently ranked number two in Tests and a 2-0 series win over Sri Lanka will help them claim top spot from India.
"If that happens, that would be great. The thing with rankings is that they fluctuate throughout a season, and are purely a reaction to the cricket that you're playing," said Williamson.
"For us, we're just focused on the cricket because that gives us the best chance of success. We're looking forward to the challenge here against Sri Lanka." The tourists' hopes could be hit by bad weather as rain is predicted on the first two days of the Galle match.
Neither team could train Tuesday because of rain.
None of the Sri Lankan players feature in the top ten bowling or batting rankings.
"We did our basics right in South Africa and that's the reason why we won. We are in a good position now and we are excited to play tomorrow," said Karunaratne.
"What I have done is to give freedom to all players and they have gone onto express themselves with their performances," he said.