A journey that started with Brendon McCullum and continued with Kane Williamson has ended with New Zealand on top of the world.
Otago coach Dion Ebrahim is optimistic Dean Foxcroft will be able to return to New Zealand to take up his playing contract offer this summer.
NZ claimed a handy first-innings lead and restricted India to 64-2 to maintain their slight advantage after an absorbing fifth day's play in the final of the World Test Championship.
If it comes down to a boundary countback then Josh Finnie is a strong chance of picking up the final Otago playing contract for 2021-22.
Day one belonged to the weather and day two was edged by India, but New Zealand's dominance of day three has put them in with a chance of winning the World Test Championship.
The class of Virat Kohli and more inclement weather denied NZ the opportunity to make the sort of inroads into the India batting lineup they might have expected in bowler-friendly conditions at the World Test Champtionship final.
India have named spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in a five-man bowling attack for the inaugural world test championship final against New Zealand.
An upbeat New Zealand will take on an undercooked India aiming to become test cricket's first official world champions in Southampton from Friday.
Three New Zealand teams have toured England and recorded a test series victory. Cricket writer Adrian Seconi revisits the glory and names a combined team.
There is still no clue as to whether New Zealand will go in with four seamers and a spinner and ditch the all-rounder yet.
The Black Caps have cut all-rounders Mitchell Santner and Daryl Mitchell from their squad for the World Test Championship final against India.
The simple description is this: New Zealand took just one ball to finish England's innings at 122, and then spent 65 more chasing down the 38 runs required for an eight-wicket victory.
Matt Henry, Neil Wagner and Ajaz Patel have bowled New Zealand to the brink of a stunning test series win over England.
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