According to in-form batsman Glenn Phillips, New Zealand has a decent chance of taking home their first-ever T20 World Cup trophy in Australia this year thanks to their potent combination of superb spin bowling and astute fielding.
Last year, Australia defeated New Zealand in the T20 World Cup final. On Sunday, in Kingston, New Zealand was defeated by eight wickets, preventing them from sweeping the West Indies.
But before the World Cup begins in October, the Black Caps got a lot from their final T20 tour, welcome back a number of rested key players.
Despite Australian surfaces often favouring pace bowlers more than spinners, Phillips claimed that New Zealand was spoiled for choice in their attack and that their spinners might be destructive there.
He told reporters, “Massively so, especially our finger spinners.
Having a wrist spinner in the side is absolutely gold, and Ish (Sodhiability )’s to turn the ball both ways also helps. But being able to have that extra balance really helps thanks to the way Michael Bracewell and, obviously, (Mitchell) Santner do their thing. That will be important when entering Aussie (Australia), as well as the larger bounds.
Phillips claimed that the West Indies provided a helpful preview of what to anticipate in Australia from October 16 to November 13.
As the competition progressed, he said, “We’ve had the ball hold a little bit more, especially with that new ball when it grips a little bit. I think it can actually play very similar to the way Aussie will.” Therefore, “(we) are attempting to exploit these experiences as much as feasible.”