Why these photos gave a huge boost to Australia’s World Test Championship final chances against India just before the clash at The Oval
- Green deck unveiled ahead of World Test Championship finals
- Australia and India will face off at The Oval in London
- The pitch should suit Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Scott Boland
- The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, is a six-day test
Australia’s pace attack is licking its lips in anticipation after a green deck was unveiled ahead of the World Test Championship final against India.
The Oval in London is the neutral venue – and the wicket has nothing to do with the dust bowl curators produced on the subcontinent when the two sides last met in February.
With With England a notoriously tough place to beat at the start of the summer, Pat Cummings’ side are likely to play first if they win the draw.
A recent The Surrey game against Kent County at the same venue was completed in seven sessions, in what was a bowler’s paradise.
‘Whenever there’s a bit of grass on the Dukes wicket and ball with overhead [clouds] is fun enough for fast bowlers so we’re looking forward to a great week,’ Cummins said News Corp.
Australia’s pace attack lick their lips in anticipation after a green deck was unveiled ahead of the World Test Championship final (pictured, Australia skipper Pat Cummins inspects the wicket at The Oval on Tuesday)
India may find conditions in London difficult, but Australia won’t underestimate them
Indian superstar Virat Kohli will be the Australians’ favorite wicket-stopper, with the game due to take place from 7.30pm on Wednesday
Australia are likely to play three quick games – Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Scott Boland – and the team “feels confident and ‘loves playing England’.
Cummins also thinks Boland could be a game-winner in the UK.
“These terms seem to suit Scotty, do you think,” he said.
“He hasn’t played much here, but a couture bowler who will be rewarded for playing in the right areas over and over again. That’s what he brings to the team. He was fantastic.
“Even in India, he played the first Test match there with a fairly tame wicket and still did a fantastic job. He’s a seasoned pro. If there is also help at the counter, it simply goes to the next level.
India, on the other hand, may have to leave out one of their quality spinners, with Ravi Ashwin or Ravi Jadeja to carry the drinks as the 12th man.
The game starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (AEST).