On June 7, the World Test Championship (WTC) Final will take place at London’s renowned Oval, with India and Australia fighting for the title after two years and 69 matches. India came in second place in the inaugural final the year before, and they’ll be hoping to improve on that showing to solidify their place as one of the key forces in world test cricket. But Australia is always a force to be feared; the Baggy Greens decimated longtime rivals England in the 21–22 Ashes series, winning 4-0, and smashed the West Indies on the islands last winter.
India and Australia faced off earlier this year for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy; the hosts won by winning two of the four games. However, at Indore, which is frequently a very challenging venue for visiting teams, Australia returned to the series with a comprehensive triumph. We may anticipate a few fiercely competitive days of cricket given that the last test is being played on neutral ground and that the final test finished in a draw. Compare India to the Australians to see how they fare.
The Oval Pitch is known for favouring pacers
Now, days ahead of the coveted final, a photo of the WTC Final pitch under construction has surfaced online. The pitch looks mostly green. However, the Kennington Oval’s pitch is renowned for being reliable and consistent. Both players and spectators value it because it promotes fair competition between bowlers and batters. Spinners can commonly grab a hold of the ball and quick bowlers can induce movement due to the playing surface’s strong bounce. Run scoring is challenging due to its oftentimes sluggish nature. Throughout the game, the pitch frequently degrades, favouring the pacers more.
India Squad for WTC Final 2023: Rohit Sharma (C), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Srikar Bharat, Ishan Kishan, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat
Australia Squad for WTC Final 2023: Pat Cummins (C), Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Josh Inglis, Scott Boland, Michael Neser, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Mitchell Starc
Here’s how fans reacted:
— Suyog D (@SuyogD79) June 5, 2023
Kohli Will Dance On This Pitch
— ً (@Ro45Goat) June 5, 2023
Pitch hai ya garden
— VINAY 🌈 (@wtf_vinay) June 5, 2023
I’m sure they’ll trim it a day before the game!
— Sahil (@mysondaniel86is) June 5, 2023
— Abxd (@ABXD_DC) June 5, 2023
Virat to Rohit – pic.twitter.com/N0jAnjTy5j
— Akansha (@aakaanshaaaa) June 5, 2023
I guarantee the grass will still be cut over that otherwise this match will not even last 3 days. If the grass is still needing to be cut, and the colour is lighter, pitch will be dry.
— Kam 🏎 (@KP07_) June 5, 2023
You can encounter a Pokémon in that much grass
— Pokémon Master ✨ASH✨💧 (@PokeMegha) June 5, 2023