As the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 Final approaches on June 7, both finalists, India and Australia, are fully immersed in their preparations. Amidst the growing excitement surrounding this epic battle, Australian batting sensation Steven Smith anticipates favorable batting conditions at The Oval.
However, Smith also acknowledges the likelihood of encountering conditions reminiscent of those experienced during the series against India. The Oval typically offers excellent batting conditions in the United Kingdom, characterized by adequate pace and bounce. Nevertheless, as the game progresses, spinners may come into play, with India’s R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja expected to exploit these conditions to their advantage.
“The Oval can present itself with some spin occasionally particularly as the game wears on so we could face some sort of similarities to what we had in India at certain stages of the game. But The Oval is a wonderful place to play cricket in. Lightning-fast outfield, the square goes the whole way across the ground so it is a nice place to bat when you get in and has some decent pace and bounces for an English surface. Should be an absolute cracker,”
Steve Smith said.
Can’t wait for the final to begin: Steve Smith
In recent years, India has held the advantage over Australia, based on their performances. During the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India, which concluded recently, the visiting team suffered a 1-2 series defeat. Looking ahead, the upcoming final is expected to be an enthralling contest, with India, the runners-up from the previous year, striving to secure the championship and put an end to their title drought. On the other hand, Australia has set their sights on winning their first-ever title, intensifying the anticipation for this highly anticipated clash.
“The WTC is a great initiative. It gives every game we play a lot of relevance. And for us to have qualified on top and face India in the final is incredibly exciting. It is going to be India and us at the Oval. I am sure there will be plenty of fans out there. Probably more Indian than Australian but I am sure it is going to be great fun. And guys are looking forward to it,”
Smith further added.
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