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Teams of India and New Zealand will face each other in the final match of the first World Test Championship in Southampton from June 18. The match is at neutral venue. That is, both the teams are playing outside the house. In such a situation, there will be an advantage to that team which is currently performing better outside the home. So let us try to find out how these teams have performed outside their homes in the last two years (2019 to now).
Australia and West Indies defeated, Team India lost to New Zealand
Team India has played Test series in their country against three teams abroad since the beginning of the year 2019. A total of 8 Tests were played in these three series, in which Team India won 4. 3 were lost and 1 test was drawn. Against Australia in Australia in 4 matches, India won two, lost one and drew a Test. Wins in both Tests against West Indies and defeats in both Tests against New Zealand.
New Zealand win only 1 out of 6 Tests
New Zealand has played 6 Test matches abroad since 1 June 2019. These include 2 against Sri Lanka, 3 against Australia and 1 test match against England. The only win for the Kiwi team was against Sri Lanka in Colombo. New Zealand’s team lost in all three test matches against Australia and played the first match of the current series against England in a draw.
Help is not on the ground but in the sky
Many current and former cricketers like Pat Cummins, Yuvraj Singh believe that Southampton’s pitch and conditions can be helpful for New Zealand. However, it is worth noting that the pitch of the match is not a home association but the ICC itself has prepared it. Therefore, there is little hope of this pitch being very beneficial for any one team.
Both the teams can get more help from the sky than the pitch. If the weather remains clear for the five days, the conditions will be close to the Indian team’s choice. At the same time, if it is cloudy, then you may feel that the New Zealand team is playing in Wellington instead of Southampton. That is, the conditions will be in favor of New Zealand.