New Zealand earned a spot in the decider — to be held at Lord’s from June 18 — after Australia withdrew from a Test tour to South Africa this week due to Covid-19 fears.
The London venue was the scene of the Black Caps’ cruellest defeat, the one-day World Cup final in opposition to England in 2019.
With scores tied after a nail-biting Tremendous Over, an obscure tie-break rule — which has since been scrapped — meant the hosts have been awarded the trophy as a result of they’d scored extra boundaries than the Black Caps.
New Zealand have additionally managed solely 4 wins from 23 accomplished matches on the floor in all codecs, with solely a single Test victory.
Stead insisted historical past wouldn’t weigh on his gamers as they search to turn into the primary Test workforce to be topped world champions below the brand new Worldwide Cricket Council format.
“What’s occurred again in 2019 has been and gone. We will not change it, we won’t do something about it,” Stead informed reporters.
“Now it is about us transferring to what’s in entrance of us. I feel our guys are skilled sufficient and skilful sufficient that they will find a way to try this.”
Whereas denying 2019 was on the Black Caps’ minds, Stead did admit to having a peek on the rule e-book to see what would occur if the World Test Championship final was tied.
“There’s positively no Tremendous Over,” he mentioned.
“If the match is a draw or a tie there are joint winners.”
New Zealand’s opponent in the final has not been determined, with India, Australia and England all prospects below the ICC’s advanced qualification standards.
Stead refused to nominate a most popular opponent, saying they have been all nice Test-playing nations.
“I simply suppose it is magnificent we get the chance to play considered one of them,” he mentioned.
New Zealand at the moment prime the Test rankings however Stead mentioned his veteran gamers remembered once they tumbled to eighth in the world after a humbling loss to South Africa in 2018, after being all out in the primary innings for simply 45.
He mentioned profitable the Test championship could be a becoming testomony to their enchancment.
“They’ve seen some darkish days however turned that round,” he mentioned.
“(It) would rank up there with among the finest achievements of their profession.”