The lack of a favorites tag doesn’t bother New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who says they have “no real choice as to what people call last edition’s runners-up” going into the T20 World Championship. New Zealand reached the final of the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates last year, where they lost to Australia. After narrowly losing the 2019 World Cup to England, New Zealand won their first ICC Test Championship title, beating India in the final last year. However, despite their consistency in recent years, an ICC title in limited overs cricket remains elusive.
“Yeah I mean we don’t really have a choice of what people call us but for us we’ve come here and we’re trying to focus on the cricket we want to play and address what’s ahead.” , Williamson told the captains’ press conference here on Saturday.
The humble Kiwi added: “We had quite a memorable World Cup a few months ago and we played these guys in the final.
“Everyone has different tags and rankings that go up and down throughout the year and I suppose they end up with different names. But you come here every day in tournament sport, anything can happen, especially when you look at all these teams with match winners through.” New Zealand have an impressive record at ICC events. They’ve reached the last two World Cup Finals, been at the third or better in the last two T20 World Cups and won the first World Test Championship.
Since finishing runners-up at the last T20 World Cup, New Zealand have enjoyed a string of positive results, including a run of wins against the West Indies. However, they lost to Pakistan in a tri-series final in Christchurch on Friday.
The Kiwis will play two warm-up games before the main tournament, one against South Africa and India on October 17th and 19th.
New Zealand will open their campaign against holders Australia on October 22 in Sydney.
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