The Oval Set to Host the World Test Championship Final

A famous ground receives an important tie...

James Kellett
1st March 2023
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The home of Surrey CCC, The Oval, was chosen to host the final showdown in the 2021-23 World Test Championship.

The final will commence on Wednesday 7th June 2023, with the match deciding which nation will reign supreme in red ball Cricket.

The only nation to have secured their ticket for the final is Australia, who will be in for one of their most crucial years in modern cricket.

In addition to their current tour in sub-continent against India, they will look to become the world’s number one test team, retain The Ashes, and moreover they will return to India in October for the ICC Cricket World Cup.

The three nations searching to claim a spot in the final include South Africa, Sri Lanka, and India.

Although England have experienced a remarkable resurgence under Brendon McCullum, their hopes of competing in the final were decimated by a dismal Ashes series down under, as well as winning only one test in the Summer of 2021.

The most likely nation to square up against Australia in June is India, who are currently playing against the Aussies in a four-match series.

Even though South Africa and Sri Lanka both have to play lower ranked nations, India’s home record simply speaks for itself having not lost a test series at home since 2012, thus enhancing their chance to qualify for the final.

India seeks to dismiss the ghosts of the 2021 final as they were convincingly beaten by New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl.

As for the remaining two nations, if South Africa hope to qualify they face the West Indies in a two-match series on home soil, both nations will be attempting to rebound from their previous series defeats in Australia.

Sri Lanka are tasked with arguably the more difficult of the two, with a two-match away series against the reigning champions New Zealand, however the Kiwi’s are winless in their last six test matches, their longest winless run since 2012.

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AUTHOR: James Kellett
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