World Cup Final : Unchanged Australia win the toss and choose to bowl first

Sunday, 19 November 2023 - 13:38

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Unchanged Australia won the toss and choose to bowl first. 

Pat Cummins: Looks like a bit of a dry wicket and wanted to bowl first. Dew is one factor and it's quite dewy in the night at this venue. Been really proud of the group. Tough start to the tournament but they haven't put a foot wrong since. Same team as the semi-final.

The crowd goes wild when they realise India will be batting right away. Pat Cummins cracks a smile and waits for them to quiet down (which isn't happening) and adds that they are backing themselves to chase, with dew expected later in the evening.

Rohit Sharma comes in and says he would've preferred setting a total. "Big game. Put runs on the board." He wasn't part of the squad in 2011. He's leading India now. "It's a dream come true."

India: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Suryakumar Yadav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Mohammed Shami, 9 Jasprit Bumrah, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Mohammed Siraj.

Australia: 1 David Warner, 2 Travis Head, 3 Mitchell Marsh, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Marnus Labuschagne, 6 Glenn Maxwell, 7 Josh Inglis (wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Pat Cummins (capt), 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Josh Hazlewood.

This game will be played on pitch no.5. "It's different from the one used for India vs Pakistan," says Ravi Shastri in his pitch report. "It looks very dry on the surface and not much rolling. It looks dry and patchy, especially in the area where spinners land the ball. During the Pakistan game, there was a little bit of sheen because of rolling. Batting first and getting runs on the board is premium but a side like India that has all bases covered won't be bothered." Hayden reckons Zampa will be the X-factor with the ball for Australia.

Jasprit Bumrah: "[On playing his first World Cup final] I was talking to my family and spoke to my wife that last year in this moment, you miss the World Cup and exactly one year later you are here in the final at the place where you started playing so you can't ask for anything else. There are lot of distractions going on so it's very important to stay focused, keep the process. I'm not treating it any differently. What has worked for us, sticking to our strengths, our processes. That's helped us a lot. Whatever has happened is over, we have to stay in the present. All of us are enjoying our company. Shami bhai is on a roll and Siraj is also doing well. A lot of chatter, we all try to help each other. "

David Warner: "It's just a sea of blue isn't it? It's absolutely incredible. The magnitude of this stadium is crazy. It's electric. I can't wait for ball one. The first game was on a slow and low pitch and we don't know what to expect from this wicket. Me and Heady will try to do what we do in the first ten, get a quick start and build a platform. [On the fielding against SA] I think that goes with the tone set by the fast bowlers as well. That was probably our best performance in terms of fielding. [On the message from the leadership] Just relax and embrace it. Not a lot of pressure on us here. We just want to deliver our best and hopefully the World Cup comes back to us. I can say for the first time I was a bit nervous, but after a round of golf yesterday, I'm in a great frame of mind."

Mitchell Starc: ""[On treating it as just another game] To some degree it is,to another degree it is a World Cup final in India. Everyone knows how passionate this country is about cricket. I think we are going to enjoy the spectacle and its going to be a great World Cup final. You have to embrace everything that comes with today. Obviously the noise today, we haven't even started yet and we can barely hear each other. [On Australia's winning habit] It's something that's been ingrained from past legends. We haven't played out best this tournament but we found a way with different players standing up. We've all played a lot of cricket in India. I would say it's nothing new but it's certainly going to be very loud. MCG in 2015 was the loudest I've played cricket in and today I hope it's equally quiet because that would mean we are on top. [On Hazlewood and Cummins] We have sort of grown up together. We've won World Cups together in both formats, and the Test Championship. If we win today it will add to special memories together."





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