WTC Final: Incredibly crucial games should not be played in the UK, feels Kevin Pietersen


Former England Captain Kevin Pietersen feels that an incredibly important game should not be played in the UK following constant interruptions caused due to rains in the ongoing WTC final between New Zealand & India.

Earlier the first session of Day 4 of the WTC final was washed off at the Ageas bowl. Initially, the start of play on day 4 was delayed due to continuous rain at the Ageas bowl. Addressing the same issue, Petersen tweeted, “It pains me to say it, but a ONE-OFF & incredibly important cricket game should NOT be played in the UK.”

Day 1 of the World Test Championship final was also abandoned due to the drizzle, while Day 2 saw early stumps being called off due to bad light. A decision on whether reserve day should be used will be taken on the fifth day in the afternoon. Kyle Jamieson starred with the ball for the Black Caps, as he registered his fifth five-wicket haul on Day 3 of the ongoing WTC final.

Kyle Jamieson made his test debut in February 2020 against India. And soon within a short span of one year Jamieson achieved remarkable success in the longest format of cricket. On Day 3 of the World Test Championship final, Jamieson scalped the crucial wicket of Virat Kohli & restricted India’s captain from adding to his overnight score of 44 runs. He also sent Rishabh Pant back to the pavilion before scalping the wickets of Ishant Sharma & Jasprit Bumrah in successive balls, thereby restricting India to 217 all out from 92.1 overs.

In response to India’s 217 total, New Zealand’s openers Tom Latham’s 30 & Devon Conway’s 54 put the Black Caps in a leading position. However, India triggered a late fightback to leave New Zealand reeling at 101 runs for two wickets down at the stumps on Day 3 of the WTC Final.

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