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New Zealand out to end final jinx, India’s Kohli chases first ICC trophy

Inaugural WTC final looks to be a contest between India’s star-studded batting lineup and Kiwis’ versatile pace attack

Amlan Chakraborty

An upbeat New Zealand will take on an undercooked India, aiming to become Test cricket’s first official world champions when they clash in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton from Friday.

The one-off match at the Rose Bowl marks the culmination of a two-year cycle of the WTC, which was launched in 2019 to create Test cricket’s own pinnacle event.

The governing International Cricket Council (ICC) wanted the championship to bring relevance and context to Test cricket, and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said it had been a success...

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