IND vs AUS: Combined XI from WTC Final 2023
Pat Cummins to lead the combined AUS-IND XI in our pick from the WTC Final 2023.
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The joy and ecstasy on the players' faces after the win against India was second to none and with 'The Ashes' just a few days away, the Aussies have gained the much-needed momentum for their long English Summer!
The ICC World Test Championship 2023 final between India and Australia at the Kennington Oval was a much-awaited battle and the Indian fans, in particular, were hoping to turn the tables this time and were eager to erase the memories of the last WTC final. But like the last ten years, an ICC Trophy again eluded the Indian camp.
The grand finale saw some brilliant individual performances as well. Be it a tremendous display of bowling spells or dominating the bowling attack with proactive batting, the final saw it all.
Here's a look at the Combined XI from the World Test Championship Final 2023:
1. David Warner
It is always hard to face the new ball as an opening batter and the batter’s technique and mindset are tested even more when the match is played in England. David Warner has been a talking point when the opening combination for Australia has been discussed and with the age not being on Warner’s side, Warner had to perform to keep his place in the Australian XI.
The left-handed batter didn’t succumb to the pressure on the first day and after being put into bat by India, Warner played a clean and swift innings of 43 runs from 60 balls. Although, the finale didn’t see the openers from both the teams scoring big runs but the approach from Warner in the first innings was commendable and to score freely in the first session of a Day 1 pitch, which was assisting the bowlers was a terrific display of temperament and skillset.
In the second innings, however, David Warner was dismissed cheaply and couldn’t add to his first-innings display of attacking cricket. He was dismissed by Siraj for a solitary run in the fourth over of the second innings. Even though he could only manage 44 runs in the two innings he played, his presence in the middle and the shots he played may lead to big innings ahead in the coming Ashes 2023.