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New Zealand the best at the moment says former England great

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New Zealand’s Tim Southee (right) and James Neesham talk during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup semi-final match against England. Picture: Indranil Mukherjee, AFP

According to former England captain Michael Atherton New Zealand have shown they are the strongest team across all formats of the game.

NEW ZEALAND have shown they are the strongest team across all formats of the game after reaching the final of the T20 World Cup, according to former England captain Michael Atherton.

Daryl Mitchell, son of rugby coach John, smashed an unbeaten 72 in Abu Dhabi to help New Zealand to a dramatic five-wicket win over England as they entered their first T20 World Cup final on Wednesday.

The ‘Black Caps’ reached the final of the 50-overs World Cup in 2019 and beat India this year to win the inaugural World Test Championship title.

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And Atherton says: “They are an outstanding team, in all formats of the game really.

“Across formats, you would have to say they are the strongest team at the moment so congratulations to them, a fantastic achievement with limited resources in terms of personnel and money and things that we’ve often talked about.”

Pakistan/ Australia will be out to prove Atherton wrong in Sunday’s 4pm final. Australia were playing Pakistan in the second semi-final at the time of going to press last night.

And Atherton says: “They are an outstanding team, in all formats of the game really.

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“Across formats, you would have to say they are the strongest team at the moment so congratulations to them, a fantastic achievement with limited resources in terms of personnel and money and things that we’ve often talked about.”

Pakistan/ Australia will be out to prove Atherton wrong in Sunday’s 4pm final.

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