Australia has retained Josh Hazlewood in their 15-man squad for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against India. Hazlewood is one of the four specialist quicks in the squad alongside captain Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, and Scott Boland. Michael Neser and Sean Abbott will train with the team in the lead-up, with Neser a strong contender to replace Hazlewood in the main squad if required. The ICC’s technical committee must approve any changes made from now on.
Mitchell Marsh and Matt Renshaw have been pushed into reserves from the 17 players initially selected for the Ashes, while Josh Inglis, who is yet to play a Test, has found a place in the squad. Todd Murphy, who made his Test debut in India earlier this year, has also been included. The winners of the WTC final will earn US$1.6 million, while the runners-up will earn $800,000. The match will be played at The Oval from June 7 to 11, with June 12 pencilled in as the reserve day.
India’s Squad for WTC Final Against Australia
India’s 15-man squad for the WTC final against Australia has been announced. Rohit Sharma will captain the team, with Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara opening the batting. Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and KS Bharat will also feature in the batting line-up. R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel will lead the spin attack, while Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, and Jaydev Unadkat will be the pacers. Ishan Kishan will be the back-up wicketkeeper for KS Bharat in Rishabh Pant’s absence.
Standby players for India include Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mukesh Kumar, and Suryakumar Yadav. Jaiswal has been included in the squad as a stand-by player, replacing Ruturaj Gaikwad, who is getting married on June 3. Jaiswal has an outstanding first-class record, having scored 1845 runs in 15 matches, averaging 80.21 with nine hundreds and two fifties.
Jaiswal Travels to London as Stand-By Player for WTC Final
Yashasvi Jaiswal will be travelling to London as a stand-by player for India’s WTC final against Australia. He has been included in the squad as a replacement for Ruturaj Gaikwad,. Jaiswal holds a UK visa and will be flying to London in the next few days. He has been in top form in recent times, having scored 625 runs in 14 innings in IPL 2023 for Rajasthan Royals with five fifties and a century. Jaiswal is yet to make his India debut in any format but has an outstanding first-class record.