Michael Vaughan’s prediction for World Test Championship final
Michael Vaughan loves making predictions. And he loves the banter from Indian fans. Although, the success rate of those predictions has been a little dubious, the former England skipper ends up initiating intense cricketing debates before the start of an important series.
With World Test Championship final less than a month away, Vaughan has shared his views on the same.
"New Zealand (will win). English conditions, the Duke ball, and India on the back of a busy schedule… they’ll arrive pretty much a week before and go straight into it, [and] New Zealand have two test matches, you could argue warmups against England to get them prepared for the final," Vaughan told Spark Sport.
"So it’s quite an obvious one for me, New Zealand will be better prepared and they’ll have more of a group of players who’ve played more cricket with the red ball, particularly the Duke ball here in the UK. New Zealand, all the way."
Vaughan also praised the current New Zealand team, terming them one of the best in the country’s cricketing history.
"It’s not difficult, you haven’t had many great teams. You’ve had great players, you go back to the 80s, Richard Hadlee and Martin Crowe were up there with the greatest to have ever played test match cricket. As a team, Brendon McCullum’s team were exciting and vibrant but I never felt they were consistent because they let the opposition in by playing so aggressively
"Under Kane Williamson, you’ve started to play high class, disciplined test match cricket over long periods, and real quality teams do it over day one to five. And it takes until the end of day five to wear a team down to get that win, this is what this New Zealand side can do."
In the past too Vaughan had made predictions against the Indian side. He had predicted a complete whitewash for the Indian team in Australia, but defying the odds and Vaughan’s predictions the Indian team recorded a resounding 2-1 victory in the Test series despite not playing with their full-strength squad.