The New Zealand team, led by the 2019 World Cup finalist, World Test 2020-21 champion and 2021 T20 World Cup finalist Kane Williamson, has shown his prowess in all three categories. Former England captain Mike Atherton believes that at the moment, New Zealand is the strongest of all three nations. New Zealand has done very well over the last few years in the ICC events. In the final of the 2019 World Cup, with the final match against England tied and the Super Over rebuilt, England were declared World Cup winners on a number of fronts.
Atherton made the remarks when New Zealand reached the final of the T20 World Cup for the first time. New Zealand defeated beloved England by five wickets in the first semi-final on Wednesday. New Zealand team reaches the final of the ICC tournament for the third time in three years. The team then defeated India to win the first round of the World Test Championship. Atherton told Sky Sports, ‘Their team is the best in all sports.’ He said, ‘He reached the end of another World Cup, he was also very close to winning the last World Cup in 2019, he is the winner of the World Test Championship.’
‘New Zealand’s most powerful team in all nations’
The former England captain said, ‘You have to say they are the strongest team right now in every form, so thank you to them, great success despite having very little in terms of players and money.’ In pursuit of England’s 167 goal, New Zealand lost opener Martin Guptill and captain Kane Williamson within three overs, who were sent off by Chris Woakes. Openers Daryl Mitchell (72 not out of 42 balls), Devon Conway (46 in 38 balls) and Jimmy Neesham (27 in 11 balls), however, took New Zealand on target.
‘Pakistan comes to an end’
Atherton said, ‘Things changed quickly in the game. For a long time in the second innings I thought England were ahead of the game. Pakistan and Australia meet in the second semi-final on Thursday and Atherton anticipate that former players will have a strong influence on Aaron Finch’s side. “If I had gone with Pakistan, I think their offensive play is the best and most diverse in these competitions,” he said.