Kane Williamson says ICC World Test Championship like added carrot for a team before every match

New Zealand will face Sri Lanka in the first Test at Galle from Wednesday
Kane Williamson says ICC World Test Championship like added carrot for a team before every matchKane Williamson says ICC World Test Championship like added carrot for a team before every match
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After a memorable ICC World Cup outing, Kane Williamson and his men will kick start their World Test Championship campaign against Sri Lanka at Galle on Wednesday.

Skipper Kane Williamson said, "It's a welcome addition to the Test format, bringing that context into every Test match that you play. Every time you play any team it's very competitive, but now there's that added carrot where in two years time everyone is vying for an opportunity to play in a Test Championship final, which will be a really exciting thing to be a part of."

The Kiwis are currently ranked number 2 in the longest format of the game and 2-0 series win over Sri Lanka will help them displace India at the top. "If that happens, that would be great. The thing with rankings is that they fluctuate throughout a season, and are purely a reaction to the cricket that you're playing."

"For us, we're just focused on cricket because that gives us the best chance of success. We're looking forward to the challenge here against Sri Lanka." There is rain prediction on the first two days of the Test at Galle.

Both sides were not able to train on Tuesday because of rain. "In the 10 or 12 days that we've been here, about eight of them have been rained out. It's just one of those things that you try and prepare mentally as best as you can," said Williamson.

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Test schedule:

1st Test - 14th to 18th August at Galle.

2nd Test - 22nd to 26th August at Colombo.

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