The 15-men squad for Australia and India for the upcoming ICC World Test Championship final at The Oval have been finalized.
On Sunday, both teams submitted their final lineups to the International Cricket Council (ICC). Australia reduced their initial 17-player squad by two to the final 15 players that will face India in south London starting on June 7.
Josh Hazlewood, an experienced seamer, was included in Australia’s final 15-player group, so he is still a candidate to face India.
Ricky Ponting selects the combined India-Australia Test XI
As Hazlewood races to be fully fit for the June 7 start date of the game at The Oval after battling side soreness in the Indian Premier League (IPL), there have been rumours that Michael Neser might take Hazlewood’s place.
The ICC technical committee would need to give its approval if Australia needed to alter the 15-player squad due to an injury or other circumstances.
All-rounder Mitchell Marsh and Matt Renshaw are among Australia’s backup players, and Australians living in the UK Neser and Sean Abbott will also assist the team in its preparations when it arrives in London in early June.
Added to the final roster are backup wicketkeeper Josh Inglis and Todd Murphy, Nathan Lyon’s replacement. After KL Rahul withdrew due to injury, India kept the same 15-player team they named, though uncapped youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal receives a last-minute call-up as a standby player due to his outstanding recent performance in the IPL.
Jaiswal was in excellent form for the Rajasthan Royals, scoring 625 runs from 14 games at a 163 point61 strike rate. In anticipation of Australia and India playing each other in the 2023 ICC World Test Championship final, Ricky Ponting chooses a combined XI from those lineups.
India and Australia’s combined Test XI is chosen by Ravi Shastri
From the lineups that will face off in the 2023 ICC World Test Championship final, Australia and India, Ravi Shastri chooses a combined XI. However, uncapped youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal receives a late call-up as a standby player due to his excellent recent performances in the IPL.
Despite KL Rahul’s withdrawal from the team due to injury, India has not made any changes to the 15-player squad they named. With a strike rate of 163 points 61 and 625 runs from 14 games, Jaiswal was in excellent form for the Rajasthan Royals.
Ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2023, Ravi Shastri chooses his standout young players from the IPL. The left-hander, who already has a visa for England and is able to fly to London right away, will take the place of Ruturaj Gaikwad as one of India’s three standby players.
He joins fellow white-ball star Suryakumar Yadav and uncapped seamer Mukesh Kumar as standby options for India. The trio will soon join the squad of 15 in London as both teams get ready for the highly anticipated match.
Team Australia Likely Squad:
Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, and David Warner make up the Australian team, along with Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wk), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, and Josh Inglis (wk).
Standby: Mitch Marsh and Matthew Renshaw are the backup players.
Team India Likely Squad:
Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, KS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, and Mohd. The Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, and Ishan Kishan (wk).
Standby: Suryakumar Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, and Yashasvi Jaiswal are backup players.