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Would be a good experience to go for toss with Virat in WTC final: Kane Williamson

There are tough rivals on the field but great friends off the field and hence New Zealand captain Kane Williamson feels it is better to toss with Indian skipper Virat Kohli for the final of the World Test Championship (WTC) to be held in Southampton from June 18. It will be a wonderful experience to go. Both Kohli and Williamson will look to win this prestigious International Cricket Council (ICC) event under their leadership and the Kiwi captain is well aware of the fact that it will not be easy against India’s world-class bowling attack. Williamson, when asked about the rivalry against the Indian captain since his U-19 days in 2008, said, “We have played against each other at different levels and competitions and know each other very well.” So it would be great to get on the field together, toss and meet each other in the first World Test Championship final. Williamson said he is well aware of the strength of Indian bowling and their recent historic series win against Australia. He said, yes, he has a great attack. They are definitely a great team. We have seen their strength. We certainly got to see this in Australia. Williamson said, his fast bowling and spin department is strong. They are a great team and are on top of the rankings which is correct. It is a great opportunity for us to face a best team in the final. Playing with Duke balls in different conditions and the possibility of rain are both on Williamson’s mind. He expects the Southampton pitch to have less grass before the final. A little grass can be cut and a roller can be run on it, he said. I don’t know about the team yet. Let’s see how the circumstances turn out. We have seen rain every day so far. It’s good to get the experience of facing Duke balls in different conditions. New Zealand’s main concern is about choosing a batsman or all-rounder at number seven, Williamson said that all options are open. “We have to assess the circumstances to take such decisions,” he said. Whenever we play at different venues, we choose the team which suits us according to the conditions. Williamson said that bouncer specialist Neil Wagner will play a key role against India. “His ability to bowl long spells and hold pressure for long periods is what has made him so successful at the international level. He is an important member of our team. It is wonderful to have him in the team.