The grand finale of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship (WTC) is just a month away and there is already a lot of excitement among the fans. Top two red-ball teams in the world right now - India and New Zealand are set to lock horns at Rose Bowl, Southampton for the final showdown from June 18-22. BCCI have announced a strong-looking 20-member squad for the Indian team and we have also discussed the probable playing XI that captain Virat Kohli might go with for the crucial contest.
But what about New Zealand? The Kiwis are going to be a very difficult opponent for India in the WTC Final. Kane Williamson-led side are a very dangerous outfit outside Asia, something that the fans witnessed when they thrashed India 2-0 in the Test series at home last year. Their 20 member squad for the final is as follows:
Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryll Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Will Young.
Considering the conditions which will be on offer in Southampton, let us have a look at the probable line-up that the Kiwis might come up with for the epic finale.
New Zealand's Probable Playing XI for WTC Final
1. Tom Latham
The left-handed opener is the backbone of New Zealand's Test team. Tom Latham is one of the most reliable batsmen in the line-up and he will have to set up the platform for his side in the crucial final contest. The 29-year-old has amassed 680 runs in the 2019-21 WTC cycle and was the leading run-scorer when the two sides clashed in the Test series in 2020.