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WTC: English conditions will challenge India, says Agarkar

10:45 PM Jun 10, 2021 | PTI

New Delhi: Former India pacer Ajit Agarkar reckons India will have their task cut out in the upcoming World Test Championship final against New Zealand, who boast of a potent pace attack ever ready to thrive in familiar English conditions.

The much-awaited match is scheduled to be held in Southampton from June 18-22.

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Speaking on Star Sports show GAME PLAN, Agarkar highlighted the challenges India could face against the Kiwis.

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"It (New Zealand pace attack) has certainly got a lot of variety. I mean it is because you look at someone like (Kyle) Jamieson who is a tall guy and will pose a different challenge," Agarkar said.

He then spoke highly of New Zealand's seasoned pace duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee besides Neil Wagner, who has the ability to surprise with his speed.

"Boult and Southee both will bowl, one delivery coming into you, one delivery going away from you, as a right-hander. And then (Neil) Wagner, when nothing is happening, and you know, everything seems flat, he comes and does something and has been doing it on a regular basis. So the challenges are a bit different."

Agarkar is aware that the conditions in Ageas Bowl are going to be more familiar for the New Zealanders.

Taking into account their performance in recent years, Agarkar said India's strength lies in their ability to win with different players.

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