All-round depth puts Australia on top of the Test world

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All-round depth puts Australia on top of the Test world

We review the World Test Championship final between Australia and India at The Oval – which ended with a 209-run win and the Test mace for Australia. It was India’s second consecutive loss in the WTC final – and offered hints that a terrific side is likely past its peak.

Talking Points:

  • Australia’s greater depth in bowling
  • Yet another missed opportunity for this Indian side to win a world title
  • The height advantage – how the ‘release points’ could have made a difference
  • The magnificent Mr Smith
  • Did India misread the conditions on Day 1?
  • Gill and Pujara leaving balls that hit the stumps
  • Ashwin v Jadeja; Ashwin v Shardul; Ashwin v Umesh – the selection riddle
  • Lyon’s craft to get Jadeja and Rohit out
  • Rahane’s joyous return to Tests
  • What next for this Indian bowling attack?
  • The Rahul Dravid question


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  • The story of the WTC final – Kartikeya Date – Cricketingview
  • Boland and Cummins unleash on India – Osman Samiuddin – ESPNcricinfo
  • Beware, England: Steve Smith looks like a batting immortal again – Geoff Lemon – Guardian
  • Ajinkya Rahane, India’s quiet hero – Nagraj Gollapudi – ESPNcricinfo
  • Ashwin’s preparation list for the WTC final – Venkata Krishna – Indian Express

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2 thoughts on “All-round depth puts Australia on top of the Test world”

  1. Hello Team,
    I’ve been a listener and a follower of this podcast for several years now and have enjoyed the deep conversations everytime; the content, articulation and arguments are all very well addressed.

    In the contract of the recent podcast, may I ask you all to come up with an episode to talk about the selection of paying 11 and why batters get a free pass and it’s always bowlers who must be selected on the conditions? Case in point, Ashwin?

    Thanks for your consideration!

    1. Thanks for your comment, Ankur. Glad you enjoy the episodes. We have been planning an episode to discuss selection (and ways we can talk about it better). Hopefully soon!

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