India and Australia are set to clash in the much-anticipated ICC World Test (WTC) final, which begins on Wednesday at The Oval. While the Aussies have made it to the final for the first time, India will be chasing their second title in 2021 after losing to New Zealand. Both the teams recently faced each other in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India. The hosts dominated the series riding on some stellar performances from spin partners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Together they took 47 wickets. However, the final match in England is likely to see a different bowling combination.
Ahead of the face-off, Australia batsman Marnus Labuschagne has also predicted a massive overhaul in India’s bowling attack.
“Here in England there is probably a bit more bounce than in India, so maybe it needs to be looked at how they bowl,” he said. There might be a slight change in Ashwin’s strategy, there might be a slight change in Jadeja’s strategy, so be in sync with those guys on the fly there, what they’re going to try to do, make sure you’re good And there are aware,” Labuschagne told the ICC.
The star Aussie batsman is also hopeful that Indian pacer Dukes will showcase his skills better with the ball.
“We have played India’s two main fast bowlers, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj, who are going to play, at least three in fact if Umesh Yadav also plays, two months in advance. In terms of seeing and knowing their actions and what they do, we are very clear on that. Obviously, with the Dukes ball in hand, they’ll be able to show off their skills more,” he said.
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Apart from the bowling unit, the focus will also be on the senior players – Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. While Rohit has been inconsistent with the bat of late, Rahane has returned to the Test team after a gap of 17 months. While fans will be hoping for Virat to continue his scintillating form as he recently showed in IPL 2023, Pujara will also be looking to score some valuable runs for the team after a successful second consecutive county season.