New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was not stunned by the abolition of the boundary countback rule that led to England being topped World Cup winners in July.

An epic Lords final was determined in seemingly arbitrary vogue after the groups have been tied in a regulation one-day worldwide in addition to the tremendous over.

In response, the Worldwide Cricket Council final month altered its tiebreak rule in knockout matches, which is able to now see any tremendous over repeated till one facet has extra runs.

Williamson stated: Its not likely a shock. I genuinely suppose that nobody ever thought that was going to occur (a World Cup being determined on boundary countback) and it did.

At occasions, you consider how a few of these selections are made most likely sitting in a room and throwing a number of concepts round. Thats all I can think about. For it to truly occur is a reasonably scary factor.

Its not likely cricket and I feel each groups appreciated that. I feel everybody has performed a whole bunch of video games of cricket and by no means had one determined fairly like that.

It was onerous to take. However it’s what it’s and so they have been the foundations on the time, what you join. However no surprises that (the boundary countback rule) has modified.

Williamson refuses to dwell on what occurred earlier this 12 months forward of the beginning of the two-Test sequence towards the identical opponents his first assembly with England for the reason that World Cup final.

He added: Time has handed and cricket retains coming thick and quick and youre focusing on the problem in hand and the following sequence. The main focus is the right here and now and thats two Checks towards England.

The Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui 10 minutes from the place Williamson was born is ready to host its first ever Test, which will get underneath approach on Thursday.

Williamson stated: Theres an actual sense of accomplishment {that a} Test is being performed right here.

The groups newest assembly sees Williamson go up towards former Yorkshire workforce-mate and present England captain Joe Root.

The pair are broadly considered two of the very best batsmen of their period however Williamson remembers a time when he tried to study from his counterpart.

Williamson stated: When he was round (at Yorkshire), we’d chew the fats, focus on cricket and How do I grow to be nearly as good as you, Joe?, attempt to decide his brains that was extra my angle.

New Zealand may hand a Test debut to Lockie Ferguson, who has impressed within the restricted-overs codecs and the World Cup, particularly, the place he completed because the second highest wicket-taker.

Comparisons have been made to Jofra Archer, given the pair are able to commonly exceeding 90mph, however Williamson famous their variations.

He added: They register at related paces however they’re fairly totally different bowlers.

Jofra is clearly taller and has the next launch with that further bouncer. Lockie is skiddier. Its all the time totally different totally different actions, can rely on the way you decide up the ball. They’re each clearly sensible bowlers.

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