Former Australian pacer Brett Lee believes the New Zealand team will have the upper hand going into the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India, starting from June 18 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Lee feels the Kane Williamson-led team might hold an edge over India because they will be accustomed to the conditions favourable for swing bowling.
“I think it is pretty evenly matched there. I am thinking though with the experience of New Zealand because they have bowled in conditions which are similar back home,” Lee told the ICC’s official website.
“it may be conducive to fast bowling, to swing bowling. So that is where I think that the Kiwis might have an advantage purely from that fact.
“Now from a batting point of view, both sides have got batsmen that can play against swing bowling. But I think it comes down to bowling. I think whichever team bowls best will win the final.”
India and New Zealand will fight it out from June 18 in the much-awaited clash for which the Indians landed in England on Thursday. New Zealand, on the other hand, are competing in a two-Test series against hosts England right now.