New Zealand fast bowler Neil Wagner on Monday said his team is not going to treat the upcoming two-match series against England as warm-ups for the World Test Championship (WTC) final versus India.

India and New Zealand will lock horns for the inaugural WTC title, at Southampton’s Ageas Bowl, from June 18-22, four days after the Test series against host England is scheduled to conclude.

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“We’re not going to treat these two Test matches against England just as warm-ups [for the WTC final],” Wagner told reporters at the Auckland airport before his departure.

“I know for a fact we’re going to get out there and pride ourselves the way we’ve been playing Test cricket and we want to win Test matches for New Zealand,” he added.

A majority of the New Zealand Test players arrived here on Monday for the two-match…

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