Fast-medium bowler Scott Boland, right-hander, has been given the big responsibility of filling in for an injured Josh Hazlewood in the Australian World Testing Championship (WTC) final against India starting Wednesday at the Ovals in London. Australian captain Pat Cummins confirmed that Scott would be given preference over Michael Neser in the final team. “We love that everyone bowls a little differently, Scott is a good bowler at good length but he just offers something a little different to Joshi Hazlewood and Starsy being left handed is a little different. So I don’t think there is always a hierarchy. You think of three guys you want to go out and play with,” Cummins said, quoted by cricket.com.au.
Australia will play India in the final of the ICC World Testing Championship at The Oval starting on 7 June. And after the final test, they will start their Ashes series from June 16th.
Boland, 34, has taken 28 wickets in seven Tests since his stunning debut against England at the 2021 Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) and is now looming as a key weapon for Australia in the WTC final against India.
While Boland has yet to play a Test in English conditions and is wicket-free in his only five-day clash with India at Nagpur, the right-hander is optimistic that he will have the opportunity to play his role in Britain in the coming months. .
“It’s a luxury to have power on the bench,” he said. “Hoff” (Hazlewood) was very close to being available for this, so he will be available for the first (Ash) test. Ness (Nesser), you see how well he plays county cricket, Sean Abbott is here. , so I’m sure we’ll need a lot of resources. You don’t want to end up in a test match with something (left) in the tank knowing you have other fresh guys to bring in a few days later,” added the Australian captain.
Cricket Australia previously announced that Michael Neser will replace Josh Hazlewood, who was ruled out of the ICC World Testing Championship final against India due to injury.
Probably Australia XI: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labouchagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (w), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Stark, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland
Australian composition: Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey (hc), Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Josh Inglis (hc), Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labouchagne, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Michael Neser, Steve Smith (vc) , Mitchell Stark, David Warner
Composition of India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishan Kishan (vk), K.S. Bharat (vk), Ravicandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Aksar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohammad Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaidev Unadkat.
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