New Zealand are the strongest team in all formats, says Atherton


New Zealand proved to be the strongest team, in all formats of the game, after reaching the Twenty20 World Cup final, said former England captain Michael Atherton.

Daryl Mitchell’s unbeaten 72 and Jimmy Neesham’s cameo in Abu Dhabi led New Zealand to a dramatic five wicket win over England, entering their first T20 World Cup final on Wednesday.

The “Black Caps” reached the final of the Over 50 World Cup in 2019 and this year they beat India to win the inaugural World Test Championship title.

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“They are an exceptional team, in all formats of the game,” said Atherton Sky Sports.

“In all formats, you should say that they are the strongest team at the moment, so congratulations to them, a fantastic result with limited resources in terms of staff and money and things we have talked about often.”

New Zealand will face Australia or Pakistan in Sunday’s final in Dubai.


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