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WTC Final: ‘Incredibly important game’ should not be played in UK, says Kevin Pietersen | Cricket News – Times of India

June 21, 2021

SOUTHAMPTON (UK): Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen has advocated to not stage an “incredibly important cricket game” in the United Kingdom (UK) following 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 was on Monday washed off at the Ageas Bowl.
“It pains me to say it, but a ONE OFF & incredibly important cricket game should NOT be played in the UK,” Pietersen tweeted.

Day 1 of the ongoing final was also abandoned due to rain while Day 2 saw early stumps being called due to bad light. A call on using the Reserve Day will be taken on the fifth afternoon.
Jamieson was New Zealand’s hero on the third day as he claimed his fifth five-wicket haul in just eight Tests to help the Black Caps seize the initiative in the WTC final.
The 26-year-old Jamieson, who only made his Test debut against India in February 2020, secured the all-important wicket of Virat Kohli to prevent the skipper from adding to his overnight score of 44.
He also dismissed the dangerous Rishabh Pant (4) before taking the wickets of Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah in successive balls as India slumped to 217 all out from 92.1 overs.
In reply, openers Tom Latham (30) and Devon Conway (54) put their side in the driving seat with a 70-run partnership before India hit back late to leave the Black Caps on 101 for two at the close of play on the third evening.

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