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Full text: More than one Test to decide champion, batting plans and more – Kohli’s press conference


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Virat Kohli said future editions of the ICC World Test Championship final should be played as a three-match series after his India side were beaten by New Zealand in the inaugural showpiece match at Southampton on Wednesday.


New Zealand triumphed by eight wickets in a final extended into a sixth day after two days were completely washed out.

The Blackcaps, claiming a first major world title, chased down a modest target of 139 after their impressive pace attack restricted India to 170 in their second innings.

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India captain Kohli, twice dismissed in the final by Royal Challenge Bangalore team-mate and towering New Zealand paceman Kyle Jamieson, the player of the match following a seven-wicket haul, insisted his comments were made “not because we’re not on the winning side, but with the aim of creating an absolutely memorable saga”.

Here’s the full transcript of Kohli’s press conference after the WTC Final:

Q. Judging by what happened in the two innings here as well as what happened in the series against New Zealand, do you think that the batting lineup was kind of a little vulnerable in seaming conditions, and with the England series set to begin next month there’s a bit of questions…

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