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Tim Paine reacts to his India will win WTC final ‘comfortably’ prediction: ‘I copped a bit from Kiwi fans’

Australia Test team captain Tim Paine has reacted to his “India will win the World Test championship (WTC) final comfortably” prediction and apologised to the New Zealand fans saying, “We all get some wrong.”

Notably, India were defeated by 8 wickets in the historic summit class on the Reserve Day at Rose Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday.

Tim Paine doffed his hat to the New Zealand side for using their limited resources to become the first champions of Test cricket.

“We all get some wrong. I copped a bit from the Kiwi fans, so I thought I’d come on air and eat some humble pie. I thought the New Zealanders played outstandingly. It’s always a pleasure to watch the way they go about it. For such a small nation – I’m from Tasmania which is obviously our smallest resource state and we punch above our weight – so I certainly respect what the Kiwis do on an international stage,” Paine told Newstalk ZB, as reported by stuff.co.nz

“They’ve done well under Kane Williamson since they last played us… they’ve added big Kyle Jamieson, who on day five or six was outstanding, and a quality opening batter which is Devon Conway, so they’re always improving and they always seem to find these good cricketers,” he added.

Paine added that the International Cricket Council (ICC) can make the World Test Championship (WTC) cycle a little better but he also added that one should not take anything away from New Zealand.

“You want to be playing in that Test – that’s why I couldn’t watch the first three or four nights of it because I was dirty that we weren’t there. It’s a showpiece event, it’s a World Cup final. Can we make it better? Yes, we probably can but we shouldn’t take anything away from New Zealand,” Paine said.

Further, the 36-year-old praised New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson and their new opener in the format Devon Conway.

“They’ve added a big tall fast bowler who rarely misses his length, complemented by Trent Boult and Tim Southee. The height that he comes down from is clearly troubling batsmen around the world. Devon Conway has come into all formats of cricket for New Zealand and done really well. When you have a good start at the top of the order, then you’ve got Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, and Henry Nicholls — they just keep coming, they’re a good side and always have been,” said Paine.

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