WTC points system unfair: Williamson

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WTC points system unfair: Williamson

Williamson's sentiment was also echoed by one of his senior teammates Ross Taylor, who was also critical of the points system

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New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is not a fan of the points system used for the World Test Championship where a team gets a maximum of 120 points irrespective of the length of the series.

As per points system, the value for each Test match win in the upcoming two-match series is 60 points per game.

However if it's an Ashes series, the value of a Test match win is reduced to 24 as there are five matches.

"It's an interesting one. I guess there's an element to it that isn't fair. But I guess there is an effort in bringing context to Test cricket which wasn't there. So I mean the World Test Championship is a step in the right direction.

"It's not perfect but I guess after the first year or two of it, there'll always be efforts to continue to make it a better product," Williamson was guarded in his criticism on the eve of the first Test.

But he did mention that points distribution system needs to have a relook.

"It is a step in the right direction but there are so many parts to it that some teams playing five, some teams playing two, the difference in countries, there is just heaps of different parts to it that don't quite make the points of equal measure," said the Kiwi skipper.

"But we have all signed up for it and we are all keen to see how it unfolds and I'm sure it'll develop over time, he said.

Williamson's sentiment was also echoed by one of his senior teammates Ross Taylor, who was also critical of the points system.

"There are probably still a few teething issues to go with the points system but it has brought context to cricket which is probably what ICC were after. Is it the ideal situation at the moment? Probably not. But it's a lot better now than it was before when we had nothing," Taylor had said during his interaction earlier this week.

Me and Virat have similar views on the game: Williamson

Chalk and cheese they might be when it comes to their on-field personas but that has not come in the way of Virat Kohli and Williamson forming a mutual admiration club.

The fierce Kohli and the mostly calm Williamson admire and respect each other as cricketers and more importantly as human beings.

"If we had to share no.1 spot, it would be New Zealand," skipper Kohli said during a dinner hosted by the Indian High Commissioner.

"Every team wants to beat us but I can tell you there would be no spite and that's why I could sit with Kane Williamson mid-game and have a conversation on life and not cricket," Kohli had said.

Williamson couldn't agree more about the conversation beyond the boundary during a recent T20 game from which both sat out.

"It was really interesting the other day to sit down and have a quiet chat on the outfield and share a lot of thoughts that we had and a lot of similar views on the game," the New Zealand skipper said.

While their approach might be different but Kohli's outlook on the game earns nothing but respect from one of his peers.

"We have slightly different approaches which was really refreshing but that is very inspiring from a guy that's leading the way in his tenacious and competitive attitude but his outlook on the game and what he does in and around it," Williamson said.

Kohli and Williamson first played against each other in an U-19 bilateral series and then in the 2008 Junior World Cup semi-final which the former won.

Eleven years later, both were part of another semi-final, this time in the main event where Williamson had the last laugh.

"We go quite a long way back really, to our under-19s, and played against each other in different competitions as well, the international arena and the IPL.

"I have always admired Virat in a lot of ways for setting benchmarks in the international game," Williamson said.

Williamson promises quintessential NZ approach to handle Indian pace

 Williamson said his team will rely on its tried and tested patient approach to tackle the Indian pace battery of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma in the Test series starting.

Williamson said it will be "a lot different" to facing Australian speedsters in their own den. New Zealand are still reeling from a 0-3 thrashing in their last away Test series in Australia where Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc made life miserable for the Black Caps batsmen.

Asked how different it will be facing a quality Indian pace attack at home, Williamson replied: "A lot of differences I suppose, the conditions being the first one."

"India have a world-class pace attack that has performed in all conditions so a really exciting opportunity for our team."

Williamson said the Kiwis will be going back to their style of patient cricket which has yielded results at home since 2017.

"So it is peeling it back. Obviously coming back here from Australia, back into Test cricket, the guys are really looking forward to get into it," Williamson said.

"It's taking some learnings from that. But it's in some ways trying to peel back, (that's) the style of cricket we play in New Zealand and (we will) connect with that again," he added.

The Basin Reserve pitch, at least on the first two days, has a lot of juice and Williamson was asked if India's batting line-up would be vulnerable in these conditions.

"I think if you can execute your plans on a surface that's going to provide some assistance then it's a challenge for anybody," he explained.

"But we've seen here on these surfaces in NZ, that there is some assistance early on but that can also, the pace and some of the bounce you can get can provide opportunities for scoring.

"So there's a balance there and yeah it's never a given even when the surface is green that's for sure," he added.

His opposite number Kohli's wicket is important but that's not the sole focus of his team, said the Black Caps skipper.

"Obviously, Virat's the best or one of in all formats without a doubt. They're a quality side. They're leading the Test championships and there's a reason for it.

"You certainly don't focus on one player and I guess that brings us back to the focus on our own team's approach."

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