India and Australia are taking on each other at the World Test Championship Final at The Oval in England. This summit clash of the two-year-long tournament will kickstart the English summer with Australia and England locking horns in the high-stake bilateral series, the Ashes. After a horrible outing in the previous editions where England lost 0-4, the hosts are looking for redemption this time around under the new regime.
The stakes are as high as always and fans are excited for the series to kick off. However, before that, as Australia captain Pat Cummins said, the visitors are focused on the grand finale. Meanwhile, England’s famous fan army, the Barmy Army took a dig at India and Australia as they called the WTC Final a warm-up game for Ashes.
This tweet from Barmy Army triggered the Indian fans as they started bashing the England fans left right and centre. Many of them questioned if Ashes deserves this much hype. A few mocked England for not being able to qualify for the WTC Final second time in a row.
Talking about the WTC Final, India captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl first on a track where the pitch report said that bowling first will be helpful. Sharma was grinning ear to ear after he called it right at the toss. “We are going to bowl. Just the conditions and also the weather being overcast. I don’t think the pitch will change too much. You have to play good cricket and come out on top,” reckoned Sharma at the toss.
Meanwhile, once again, the playing XI for the one-off Test became a thing of debate. R Ashwin getting left out did not sit well with the fans. However, Sharma explained the move during the toss. “It’s always tough (to leave Ashwin), he’s been a match-winner for us over the course of so many years. But you got to do the things that’s needed for the team and eventually we came up with that decision,” said Rohit.
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