Birmingham Phoenix Coach: Daniel Vettori Captain: Moeen Ali Overseas players: Imran Tahir (South Africa), Adam Milne, Finn Allen (both New Zealand) Moeen Ali and Liam Livingstone will hope to transfer their England form into the Hundred, and if Tom Abell is fit after a hamstring injury - the Phoenix expect him to play "a big part" though could not confirm he would be fit for Friday night's opening game - then this is one of the strongest middle orders in the competition.
New Zealand's World Test Championship-winning squad is set for a week-long, nationwide tour with the mace later this month. The tour will kick off in Whangarei on July 26 and will end in Invercargill (Stadium Southland) on August 1, with Auckland (Eden Park), Tauranga (Hamilton), New Plymouth/Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin (Forsyth Barr Stadium) being the other stops on the trip.
IT was possible, in the happy aftermath of New Zealand’s World Test Championship final win against India recently, to think that the tournament and concept had been a success. Who could not be pleased for New Zealand everybody’s second-favourite team? Who could not be delighted for Kane Williamson, honorary Yorkshireman, of course, and the Kiwis’ captain?
Injury forces Kane Williamson to miss inaugural season of The Hundred as teams announce a host of changes to their squads; Faf du Plessis to replace Aaron Finch as Northern Superchargers captain; Trent Rockets bring in Rachel Priest and Ollie Robinson joins Manchester Originals Faf du Plessis will replace Aaron Finch as Northern Superchargers men's captain in The Hundred with all teams announcing replacements to their overseas players due to complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Adam Milne has signed to appear in the Hundred as an overseas player at Birmingham Phoenix. Milne, the New Zealand fast bowler, is currently playing for Kent in the T20 Blast. He replaces Shaheen Shah Afridi at Birmingham. Afridi is unavailable due to international duty.
Dubai [UAE], June 30 (ANI): New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Wednesday reclaimed the number one spot in the ICC Test Player Rankings. The 30-year-old's knocks of 49 and 52 not out in the low-scoring World Test Championship final against India has helped him move above the 900-point mark and he now enjoys a 10-point lead over Steve Smith (891 rating points).
Kane Williamson cuts ICC/Getty Images There were a number of key contributors in New Zealand's eight-wicket win over India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final, and many of them, led by captain Kane Williamson, have made gains in the latest ICC Test player rankings.
When New Zealand completed victory in the World Test Championship final, their two all-time leading run scorers were at the crease. Has this ever happened before for a Test-winning side? asked Raymond Rulach from England It was very fitting that Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor should be batting together at the climax of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in Southampton last week: as you say, they top New Zealand's Test-runs list at the moment (after the match, Taylor had 7564 and Williamson 7230; during the game Williamson passed Stephen Fleming's tally of 7172).
The pandemic robbed New Zealand of a much-deserved victory parade on arrival in Auckland on Saturday morning. Instead, the World Test Championship mace will spend the next 14 days in a hotel room with BJ Watling while the team undergo quarantine. With the captain, Kane Williamson, staying behind in England to play in the Hundred, Watling was a fitting choice as its custodian, the now retired wicketkeeper having truly embodied their understated, team-first culture.
Blighted by rain and plagued by low light, the World Test Championship final was threatening to be a washout before a final sun-soaked day brought respite, and the inaugural title to New Zealand. A few hundred miles away the women's Test had ended in a draw, but India had reasons for cheer.
NEW DELHI, June 25 (Reuters) - Long sneered at as the "nice guys" of the sport, New Zealand's victory in the World Test Championship (WTC) is being seen as validation of their own reserved brand of cricket. Kane Williamson and his men defied India, and Southampton's wet weather, to become test cricket's first world champions, earning praise as much for their attitude as their aptitude.
Meet "Michael Mason". Not him, actually, but the mace that has gone to the New Zealand team after they became the inaugural Test world champions. They also took home a prize money of US$ 1.6 million, but it's the mace, nicknamed after the former fast bowler by the current players, that is all the talk.
Southampton [UK], June 25 (ANI): New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson feels the World Test Championship(WTC) victory against India will reflect as one of the greatest moments in the Black Caps players' career. Williamson and Ross Taylor played unbeaten knocks off 52 and 47 respectively as New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets to clinch the inaugural edition of the WTC here at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton on Wednesday.
To anyone who witnessed their dismantling of England earlier this month, New Zealand’s victory over India in the inaugural World Test Championship this week came as little surprise. While hardly packed with household names, the Black Caps are a team who do everything well. Their batsmen leave the ball, play late and straight, they bowl good lines consistently and their fielders hold catches.
New Zealand vs India may have had a thrilling conclusion but there is work to be done to improve the test game. Here's how to fix it As Kane Williamson lifted the inaugural World Test Championship at the Ageas Bowl, it was a seminal moment for Test cricket.
WELLINGTON, June 24 (Reuters) - New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and its greatest cricketer Richard Hadlee led the tributes on Thursday after the Black Caps claimed the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) by beating India. Kane Williamson's team became test cricket's first official world champions after prevailing by eight wickets in Southampton on Wednesday, the reserve day of a match plagued by bad weather.
New Zealanders are celebrating after the Black Caps were crowned world Test cricket champions on a dramatic sixth day of the final against India – a huge boost given previous heartbreaks and near-misses on the pitch. The match, which extended into a reserve day due to rain in Southampton, had been dubbed a “David and Goliath” clash, with New Zealand cast as David.