As Australia begins preparations for the World Testing Championship final against India, the Down Under men will be looking to put their past battles at the Oval behind them. In over 140 years of Test cricket in England, Australia has had one of its worst results at The Oval, which will host a final between the top two Test teams from 7 to 11 June. Australia, who played at the Oval in 1880 in England’s first ever Test, managed just seven wins in 38 Tests at the famed South London stadium, accounting for 18.42% of their success rate. across England.
Australia has only won twice in the last 50 years at the Oval. On the other hand, they have 17 wins in 29 matches at The Lord’s with a success rate of 43.59%, better than hosts England’s 39.72% in 141 games and South Africa’s 33.33% at the same stadium.
Australia has a success rate of 34.62% at Headingley, 30.43% at Trent Bridge and 29.03% and 26.67% at Old Trafford and Edgbaston respectively.
India, on the other hand, did not perform too well at the venue, winning two games, drawing seven and losing five games. But the Rohit Sharma-led team will be boosted by a 157-round victory over England here in 2021, their first win at the Test venue in 40 years.
According to cricket.com.au, Australia will host its first full UK training session on Thursday at Beckenham, which is 20km from central London.
Pat Cummins and his men will be training at the Kent Stadium over the weekend as both sides will be given access to the facilities at The Oval just two days before the match.
While The Oval will likely favor pacers, Beckenham is known to have a batter-friendly track.
Australia ended the 2021-23 WTC cycle at the top of the table, their only loss was a 2-1 away loss to India earlier this year.
They haven’t beaten the Men in Blue either home or away for eight years – four defeats in a row.
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