The triumphant New Zealand team returned home on Saturday after having clinched the World Test Championship. Kane Williamson and a few others, however, were not part of the group that landed in Auckland on Saturday morning.

While Williamson stayed back to play The Hundred with Birmingham Phoenix, Devon Conway (Somerset), Kyle Jamieson (Surrey) and Colin de Grandhomme (Hampshire) remained in England for the Twenty20 Blast.

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Eleven cricketers and eight support staff members returned to Auckland via Singapore. New Zealand was awarded the ICC mace after it defeated India by eight wickets in Southampton on Wednesday to claim the inaugural World Test Championship crown.

“The boys are ecstatic. There’s been a mixture of emotion and jubilation. Once we get home and through quarantine, we’ll hopefully continue the…

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