WTC Cycle: “I think Australia’s chances really hinge on the upcoming Indian tour” – Ricky Ponting
WTC Cycle: Legendary Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels that India and Australia’s match in the World Test Championship (WTC) final will depend on the 2023 Border-Gavaskar series as well. The two nations are slated to compete in a four-match Test series next year as well. Notably, Australia and India are placed second and fourth in the points table respectively as of now where Australia will host West Indies and South Africa after their series against India. Are you looking for legal betting sites in India on the go? If yes, read more here.
Meanwhile, India will play a two-match Test series away from home against Bangladesh before the Border-Gavaskar series. While talking about how the contest between India and Australia is one of the most awaited ones on the calendar, Ponting shared his views as well.
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He said in the latest edition of the ICC Review: “I think Australia’s chances really hinge on the upcoming Indian tour, to be honest, and India’s chances are a little bit the same. It is always a much-anticipated series – Australia and India, whether it be in Australia or in India – it’s much hyped up and talked about, the rivalry between the two countries is just growing year on year.”
WTC Cycle: India vs Australia match is going to be the interesting one
Australia have already played five Tests in the subcontinent in their ongoing World Test Championship (WTC) cycle. They registered a 1-0 series win over Pakistan and recently faced a 1-1 draw in Sri Lanka. Scoring at a great rate across the last 18 months, Joe Root has been doing well with the bat and he currently holds the No.1 ranking in the Test batting charts with a rating of 923 as well.
The Australian duo of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith placed among the top four, whereas Babar Azam is currently the number three ranked player. Backing Smith and Labuschagne to score well in Australia’s upcoming fixtures, Ponting opined on that too.
“Both of those guys have outstanding records in Australia. I think looking back at last week, it was Marnus’ first hundred (against Sri Lanka) outside Australia. In saying that, it’s been in Australia in the last couple of years where Smith has had most troubles. One thing I know is his class is permanent. Whether it’s Smith or Labuschagne or even Virat, when he bounces back to his career-best form, any one of those guys – and Babar Azam is another one – they can overtake Root in the next few months,” Ricky Ponting concluded.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli lost his place among the top 10 ranked Test batters after a poor series in England. And, it will be interesting to see if Kohli will be able to return to his devastating form or not. Stay tuned for our 100% FREE cricket tips and match guides from our professional betting tipsters.