Six unprecedented changes also highlight the WTC’s impact on international cricket
New Zealand has never made a change of position during a series of six, and they did so in Edgbaston and still managed to get seven wickets because they were asked to bow on a flat ground, as evidenced by The thing was: first, the unprecedented power in the depths of their experimental group, and second, the impact of the World Cup on international cricket.
It has been clear for some time that the concept of teams knowing their “best XI” is inconsistent in this era of international cricket, but in the Covid era of big teams, bubble fatigue, variety of conditions and penalties, team depth is greater. Is related to always. India proved just as good at the start of their unbeaten streak in Australia this year, and with New Zealand sending in 17 players in those two tests, they showed a period of “Hadlee on one end, Ilford on the other”. Long gone.
But over the past 18 months, they have made some progress: Jameson, Daryl Mitchell and Daven Conway have made a good start to their careers, Blundell seems ready to finish the gloves completely. Retire, and Patel and Matt Henry also have a rift. In no noise. The real depth test is done tomorrow, when a bat line from its line pits itself against four English sailors, but on a dry land with a few clear demons, it is not surprising if they excel on the third day.
“We knew there were some [injury] “We have a great team here and everyone seems to have a good understanding of where they sit and their experience,” Henry said. As a squad, we are very confident and happy with what we have in the sheds. This is what has been the foundation of this team: this depth, and the confidence that when you enter, you know what your role is. “
It was Patel who had the strongest hold on the first day of next week’s final, although Henry outperformed his figures – as did the rest of his work on the test – and Mitchell relentlessly walked away. While England had decided not to use a front-wheel drive for the second consecutive test – and for the fifth time since Chris Silverwood took over – Patel showed the benefits of choosing one, offering control that prevented Santoner in the Lord. His title lost just 2.42 points in more than one game.
The former had two major successes as the former pop came out of the back edge and Ellie Stone climbed into the pocket. The playing field in the Ageas Bowl is more spinning than England, and with right-handed India combined, Patel’s ability to get the ball back from the bat makes him a more convincing option than the brilliant fifth player. Next week’s final.
While multi-English players are absent and New Zealand are happy to spin before the main event, there seems to be no endangered spot, even with the 17,000-strong Edgbaston crowd that was added to the theater on Thursday. Much of the criticism of the slowness of England’s last day under the Lord rested on the fact that there was nothing to lose: as the first WTC cycle sought to generate a great deal of enthusiasm, it became increasingly apparent. Which shapes the methods of the teams.
Matt Roller is Assistant Editor at ESPNcricinfo. @ mroller98