Get ready for the ultimate rivalry in the world of cricket! A few months after the exciting Border-Gavaskar Trophy, we’re now gearing up for the thrilling finale of the World Test Championship (WTC) final in 2023. The stakes are high as Australia and India, two cricket powerhouses, battle for their first-ever World Test Championship title.
Australia has been a force to be reckoned with in Test cricket. Over the last 1.5 years, they have remained unbeaten on home turf, winning all ten matches and making history with a momentous victory in Pakistan.
Their journey to the top of the World Test Championship leader board has been challenging, with hard-fought victories in Galle against Sri Lanka and Indore against India.
However, India is not far behind. With their leader Rohit Sharma, they have been on a winning spree, firmly holding the second position on the leader board. They have shown unwavering determination and have proven themselves in recent battles against Australia.
Now, the WTC final poses a fresh challenge for both teams.
What makes it even more remarkable is that it will take place at The Oval, a venue that holds great significance in Test cricket history. This will be the first time Australia and India face each other on neutral ground since they first played each other in 1947-48.
So, get ready for a clash of the Titans as Australia and India fight tooth and nail for the coveted World Test Championship title. It will be an enthralling contest that cricket fans won’t want to miss!
What Will Be the Playing Conditions in the WTC Final 2023?
Ricky Ponting, a highly respected former Australian captain, shared his thoughts on the upcoming Australia-India WTC final match. He shared some valuable insights into the playing conditions. He believes the pitch would be more similar to Australian conditions than Indian, giving the Australian team an advantage.
Ponting also mentioned that if the match was played in India, Australia would have faced a tough challenge, but in their home country, they would have been the clear favorites. However, since the final will take place in England, the balance between the two teams is closer, making it an even more exciting contest.
Let’s explore the essential details about the World Test Championship Final playing conditions in 2023.
✓ In a rather unexpected turn of events, the possibility of a draw or tie in the final match between India and Australia could result in a shared title. If both teams fail to win, they will stand shoulder-to-shoulder as joint champions. It’s a unique twist that adds an extra layer of excitement to the already intense battle.
✓ June 12, 2023, holds a special place in the schedule. This reserve day will only be used if the weather decides to play spoilsport and deprive us of valuable playing time.
✓ In another development, the on-field soft signal by umpires will not be in play for the WTC final. What does this mean? Previously, when a close decision was referred to the third umpire, the on-field umpires would give a soft signal indicating their initial opinion. However, for this grand event, that practice has been scrapped. This has been done to eliminate any potential bias and ensure that the final verdict is solely based on the evidence presented by technology.
We’re all eagerly waiting to see how the match unfolds and who will emerge as the ultimate champion.
Match Location, Time, and Live Streaming Details
The much-awaited WTC final match is scheduled from Wednesday, June 7, to Sunday, June 11.
It will be held at the iconic Oval stadium in London, which holds immense significance in cricket. The Oval has witnessed countless historical moments and has a rich legacy that adds to the grandeur of this final showdown.
If you are following the Indian Standard Time, the toss will take place at 2.30 pm (IST), and the match will start at 3.00 pm (IST). The match will be broadcasted on the Star Sports Network on television. In addition, you can access the live streaming on the Disney + Hotstar website and app.
WTC – Full Squad Details
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, KS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Ishan Kishan (wk).
Australia: Pat Cummins (Captain), Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis (wk), Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Steven Smith (vice-capt), Mitchell Starc, David Warner.
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