World Test Championship Final will take place in June later this year, where last edition’s runners-up India will square off against tabletoppers Australia. The two teams will meet in an ICC tournament final for the first time since the year 2003.
India will start as the favorites to win the trophy because they have defeated Australia on home soil and away from home in the last four series. England’s The Oval ground will host the World Test Championship Final this year.
Interestingly, there will be four players born outside of India and Australia who could participate in this grand match. Here’s a list of those four names:
1. Matt Renshaw may play ICC World Test Championship Final on home soil
Australian batter Matt Renshaw was born in Yorkshire, England. If he makes it to the playing XI of Australia, he could play the WTC Final on his home turf. It will be interesting to see if Renshaw gets a chance.
2. Michael Neser could play ICC World Test Championship Final
South Africa-born all-rounder Michael Neser was a part of the Australian squad that played against the Proteas earlier this year at home. The conditions in England will help the pacers, which is why Neser could make it to the squad.
3. Usman Khawaja
Usman Khawaja was born in Pakistan. He will become the first Pakistan-born cricketer to play in an ICC WTC Final this year. He has been Australia’s best opener and will hold the key to his team’s success in the summit clash.
4. Marnus Labuschagne
World number one Test batter Marnus Labuschagne was born outside Australia as well. His birthplace is South Africa, but he will be representing Australia at the grand stage. It will be interesting to see if Labuschagne can play a big knock in the final. He had a forgettable tour of India recently.