WTC Final is to be played between India and Australia. Image Credit source: BCCI Photo
New Delhi: Only 9 days are left for the World Test Championship final. This final will be played between India and Australia at the Oval in London from June 7. For this match, both the teams had announced their squads a few days back. Now it has got a firm seal from the side of the ICC as well. Australia has selected the last 15 of its 17 players squad. At the same time, Team India has not made any changes in its squad.
The last 15 players of both the countries were announced by the ICC on Sunday, 28 May. The ICC told in a press release that on Sunday itself, the cricket boards of both the countries sent the list of the final squad of 15 players, which was approved by the ICC.
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There was no change in the main squad of 15 players of Team India. Young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal, who made a splash in the IPL in place of Rituraj Gaikwad, has been added to the squad only among the reserve players. Gaikwad is married on June 3, due to which he will not be able to join the team in London on time. Yashasvi Jaiswal has been included in this.
Josh Hazlewood fit
Australia has definitely trimmed their squad. The biggest relief for Australia is that veteran fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, who was injured during the IPL, has recovered and has been kept in the main squad of 15 players. In the event of Hazlewood’s injury, there was talk of including Michael Neiser.
🚨 Australia and India have finalized their 15-member squads for the #WTC23 Final.
— ICC (@ICC) May 28, 2023
At the same time, opener Marcus Harris, who played his last Test match a year ago, has also been successful in making his place. Harris played the last international match against England in the Ashes in January 2022. Left-handed batsman Matt Renshaw, who came for the Test series on India tour, has not found a place in the 15 players. He and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh have been kept in reserve.
India-Australia final squads
India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Akshar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper) and Jaydev Unadkat.
Reserves: Suryakumar Yadav, Mukesh Kumar and Yashasvi Jaiswal
Australia: Pat Cummins (c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Alex Carey (wk), Todd Murphy, Scott Boland, Marcus Harris, Josh Inglis (wk), Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon
Reserves: Mitchell Marsh, Matt Renshaw
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