The final match of the second edition of the World Test Championship (WTC) will be played between Australia and India starting June 7 at The Oval in England. For the first time, the Indian team will take to the ground to play a Duke Off-the-Ball Test match in England. In this match between Australia and India, the Kookaburra ball of the Australian variant will be used instead of Duke.
In the year 2021, when the final match of the first edition of the WTC was played, the team of India and New Zealand played with Duke Ball. In the past, county teams have made several complaints about the deteriorating quality of the Dukes’ ball. With these reasons in mind, both teams agreed to play Kookaburra ball instead of Dukes.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has also mentioned it in one of his statements. Ponting said the ICC has given its consent to the use of the Kookaburra ball instead of Duke for the WTC final.
Ricky Ponting said about this historic match at the ICC event which he says will be between the Indian top order and Australia’s fast bowling attack. We often talk about the competition between the Indian spinners and the Australian batsmen. But all these things don’t matter much considering the state of the Oval.
Ponting further said of the Oval wicket that when I played there the pitch plays very well at the initial batting time. After this, as the game progresses, spin bowlers may see some help in this.