WTC final: Kevin Pietersen says, “Incredibly important game should not be played in UK”


Former England captain Kevin Pietersen has observed to not stage an important cricket game in the United Kingdom (UK) along with constant interruptions caused by rain in the ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) final. The first session of day 4 of the WTC final between India and New Zealand washed off at the Ageas Bowl.

He tweeted, “It pains me to say it, but a one-off and incredibly important cricket game should not be played in the UK.” Day 1 of the ongoing clash was also abandoned due to rain while day 2 witnessed early stumps being called due to poor light. A call on using the Reserve Day will be taken on the fifth afternoon which is tomorrow. As six feet eight inches bowler Kyle Jamieson was Blackcaps’ shining star on the third day as he claimed his fifth five-wicket haul in just eight Tests to help his national team seize the initiative in the WTC final.

Jamieson took the wicket of Indian skipper Virat Kohli to prevent him from adding to his overnight score of 44 runs. He also dismissed Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah in successive balls as India fall out to 217 runs from 92.1 overs. The kiwi openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway made a 70-run partnership to put their team in the driving seat, but the Indian team fought back to leave New Zealand on 101 runs with two wickets down.