Next week, the Indian men’s cricket team, led by Rohit Sharma, will compete against Australia in the final of the World Test Championship 2023. The highly anticipated match will take place at London’s Oval Stadium from June 7 to 11. Australia secured their place in the final by finishing at the top of the WTC 2021-23 points table, while India joined them after Sri Lanka’s defeat against New Zealand in March 2023.
This year’s final marks India’s second consecutive appearance in the WTC final. In the previous edition held in 2019-21, the world’s number one Test team reached the summit clash but failed to clinch the title. They suffered an eight-wicket loss against New Zealand at Southampton’s Rose Bowl Stadium.
The upcoming WTC 2023 final is expected to be fiercely contested, with both India and Australia boasting several star players who are determined to secure the prestigious trophy for their respective teams. However, considering the nature of Test cricket, there is a possibility of the match ending in a draw.
In the event of a draw, the rules state that both teams will be declared joint winners of the World Test Championship 2023, irrespective of Australia’s position at the top of the points table for WTC 2021-23.
To account for any potential disruptions due to rain, a reserve day has been scheduled, similar to last year’s edition. However, the reserve day will only come into play if there is a significant loss of playing time or a considerable reduction in overs during the initial five days. Each Test match is allotted 30 hours of play, with six hours per day or 90 overs per day.
The reserve day will be utilized if the scheduled six hours of play or the full quota of 90 overs per day is not completed.