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Virat Kohli says India will ‘regroup with new energy’ for next WTC cycle

Written by Vipin Darwade

India captain Virat Kohli said that the team will look to give their fans “a lot to cheer about” in the new World Test Championship (WTC) cycle. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday announced the fixtures that will form the new cycle.

India finished runners-up in the first WTC cycle after losing to New Zealand by eight wickets in the final at the Ageas Bowl last month. “It was great to have played the final of the ICC World Test Championship against New Zealand in what was a memorable contest,” Kohli said in ICC’s press release.

“Not just the final, we saw the determination of players throughout the first edition of the championship. The following of cricket lovers too was great to see, and I am sure they will all be waiting eagerly for the second edition,” he said.

India’s first series of the new cycle will be in England, where they play five Test matches starting next month. “We will regroup with new energy for the next cycle starting with our series against England, hoping to give our fans a lot to cheer about,” Kohli said.

England missed out on the WTC final after they lost to India away from home 3-1 in a series earlier this year.

“We start our campaign in the second edition of the ICC World Test Championship against the finalists of last time, which is an interesting challenge straight away,” said England captain Root.

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