IND vs AUS World Test Championship Final 2023: The upcoming World Test Championship final will witness a fierce battle between India and Australia, as both teams strive to claim the coveted title and etch their names in history. Neither of the finalists have been able to lift the trophy in the past, making the clash even more significant. The world will witness a thrilling contest as the two teams lock horns to prove their supremacy in the longest format of the game.
The ICC World Test Championship final for the year 2023 will witness a clash between Australia and India. The two teams had topped the points table, qualifying for the final. The championship is a biennial event that started in 2019, with the final originally scheduled to take place in 2021. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament was extended, and the final was postponed to June 2023.
New Zealand’s victory in the first Test of the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka ensured India’s qualification for the WTC final for the second consecutive time. Though India could not win the fourth and final Test against Australia, the draw resulted in the hosts winning the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2-1. This result secured India’s second position in the WTC points table, even if Sri Lanka won the second Test against New Zealand, making the series score 1-1.
The upcoming final is significant as India and Australia will meet in an ICC men’s event final after 20 years. The last time they played against each other in an ICC men’s event final was during the ODI World Cup Final in 2003. This is also the second time India has qualified for the WTC final, the previous being in 2021, where they lost to New Zealand.
Both India and Australia have their eyes set on winning the coveted title for the first time in history. The final will take place on June 7 (Wednesday) at the Kennington Oval Stadium in London, UK, starting at 3:30 PM IST.
Australia grabbed the top spot in the ICC World Test Championship 2023 points table with a PCT (Percentage of points) of 66.67. They played 19 Tests during the WTC cycle, winning 11, losing 3, and drawing 5. India, on the other hand, secured the second spot with a PCT of 58.80 after playing 18 games, winning 10, losing 5, and drawing 3. South Africa, England, and Sri Lanka were the other three teams that performed well in the championship. However, they could not reach the final and took the 3rd, 4th, and 5th spot, respectively. West Indies and Bangladesh finished in the last two spots and were the worst performers in the tournament.
Nine teams participated in the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23, including Australia, India, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, New Zealand, West Indies, and Bangladesh. These teams played six Test series during the cycle, leading to the final showdown in London.
The squads for the final have not yet been announced by India and Australia. Rohit Sharma will lead India in the final, while Pat Cummins will lead Australia. The teams might announce their squads in May 2023, one month before the final.
In conclusion, the ICC World Test Championship final for the year 2023 will witness a battle between two top-performing teams, India and Australia. The Kennington Oval Stadium in London will host the five-day event starting on June 7 (Wednesday). Fans across the world are eagerly waiting to see which team will lift the trophy for the first time in history.