New Delhi: Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor on Saturday (June 12) said that the impressive performance by the bench players of New Zealand in the second Test against England has made the job of selecting the team for the World Test Championship Final much harder.
The comments come after New Zealand are set to win their first series on English soil for 22 years despite making six changes to their team.
England are currently 122 for 9 in their second inning on Day 3 and lead New Zealand by only 37 runs.
“It’s just a testament to them (youngsters), but also the group in itself, you know, a lot of it was… there were a couple of forced changes, obviously, because of injury and then a little bit of rotation as well leading into the final,” Taylor told reporters after stumps on day three as quoted by PTI.
“But no, I think they played a crucial role in this. As you said, the three players (came in and did well) and the selectors have got, you know, some good back-ups for whatever side they decide to go in with for the world cup final (WTC),” added the 37-year-old.
New Zealand were without their captain Kane Williamson who was nursing a niggle in the elbow while pacers Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson were rested after taking part in the first Test.
Left-arm quick Trent Boult returned back to the team after missing the previous match at Lord’s.
England coach Chris Silverwood admitted that his team were not good enough and missed the services of their senior players.
“Let’s have a little bit of perspective. We have got a very young batting line-up with limited experience. Joe Root is the one guy you would say has a heap of experience in that top seven,” he said.
“Getting the experience of Buttler and Stokes back will help the young players, as well. We’ve seen in the past that, if you put the inexperienced players in between the experienced ones, it helps them learn. That’s what I’m hoping will happen in the India series,” he added.
New Zealand will play India in the World Test Championship Final (WTC) which will take place from June 18-22 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Southampton.
With inputs from PTI