World Test Championship: Absorbing, exhilarating, fascinating — the ‘ultimate Test’ was indeed a great advert for Test cricket
It was intriguing, exhilarating, absorbing and fascinating. At the Ageas Bowl, Test cricket had finally reached its pinnacle.
World Test Championship Final: Smarts, discipline, adjustment — how Mohammed Shami breathed life into the match
How Mohammed Shami added smarts, discipline and adjustment to his skills to breathe life into the World Test Championship final.
World Test Championship final: Rain plays spoilsport yet again as Day 4 gets washed out without a ball bowled
Play was finally abandoned for the day at 3:00 pm (1400 GMT), with Friday's first day having suffered a similar fate.
World Test Championship Final: Need to keep things simple and realistic against quality side like NZ, says Rohit Sharma
Rohit, who will be opening for the first time in England, is also confident of tackling the New Zealand attack, having faced it enough in the shorter formats.
The match was scheduled to start at 3 pm (IST) but the weather ensured that the pitch at the Ageas Bowl was covered and the toss was delayed.
If there is one key factor that might decide which way the balance swings, it's how the two teams bat. Both teams possess quality bowling attacks with a lot of variety and are primed to do well. It will all come down to who bats well.
World Test Championship: Unstoppable in Caribbean, outclassed in NZ, epic in Australia — India's road to final
A series by series account of how India reached the final of the World Test Championship
World Test Championship Final: The Pressure man — How BJ Watling became New Zealand's expert in difficult situations
Watling has faced down pressure situations with the bat or the gloves with the same method. Put away the flamboyant stuff, work hard, take the opportunities.
World Test Championship: Hammered in Australia, outclassed India, overpowered Pakistan — New Zealand's road to final
A series by series account of how New Zealand reached the final of the World Test Championship
Watling is set to play his 75th and farewell Test after recovering from a back injury that made him miss the second Test against England last week.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has prohibited bowlers from applying saliva to the ball.
New Zealand beat hosts England by eight wickets in the second Test to take the series 1-0. Tom Latham led the side in the absence of Kane Williamson, who is now available for the WTC final.
World Test Championship Final: Kane Williamson expected to be fit, Kiwis pick Ajaz Patel over Mitchell Santner in squad
Williamson was forced to miss the second Test against England due to an elbow injury and Tom Latham had led New Zealand to a comfortable eight-wicket win, which had sealed a series triumph for the visitors.
World Test Championship Final: Indian team undergoes first group training session ahead of New Zealand clash
It was the first time the players mixed with their teammates on the ground after being allowed to run in the gymnasium and the main playing field at different time slots on completion of the third day of their hard quarantine in the UK.
New Zealand likely to hold edge over India in WTC final if conditions favour seamers, feels Monty Panesar
It is rainy and cold in the UK at the moment and if it stays that way for the WTC final starting from 18 June, then it will be advantage New Zealand, feels Panesar.
The players arrived here on Sunday afternoon after flying from Auckland via Singapore and were transferred to the Ageas Bowl in Southampton where they will be based for the first two weeks of the tour.
Warner was subjected to repeated crowd jeering during last year's World Cup in England following his part in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
Pope had dived to save a boundary off a Stuart Broad delivery and had to leave the field immediately with James Bracey coming on as a substitute fielder in his place.
England vs Pakistan: Zak Crawley says his career 'flashed before his eyes' as he scored maiden Test ton
Zak Crawley's commanding 171 not out was the centrepiece of England's 332-4 at stumps after captain Joe Root won the toss.