WTC final: Watch out for Jamieson, Pant, Watling, says Vaughan

Written by Abhishek Patil

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has picked Kyle Jamieson, Rishabh Pant, and BJ Watling as three key players to excel at the World Test Championship (WTC) final played between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, from June 18.

In an interview with CricTracker, the former England captain said: “First is Kyle Jamieson as he’s had a magnificent start to his Test career. Next is Rishabh Pant as he’s the star of the world game. He has been incredible over the last few months, especially against Australia and England. Next, I’ll go with BJ Watling in his swansong as he’s been a fantastic servant for New Zealand cricket.”

Kyle Jamieson has been New Zealand’s key fast bowler in Test cricket ever since making his debut. The lanky seamer has taken 36 wickets in six Tests he has played.

Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant has emerged as one of the biggest match-winners for India in Test cricket. The talented wicketkeeper-batsman has been in red-hot form and made a significant contribution in India’s historical away series win against Australia. The southpaw carried forward his form against England in the home series.

New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman, BJ Watling, retiring after the WTC final, will aim to end his career on a high.The New Zealand squad has already reached the UK and will play two Tests against England before the WTC final. The Indian contingent will reach the country on June 2.

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