Nathan Lyon

Not going to Watch the World Test Championship Final:

Nathan Lyon

Top Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon admitted that he’s not getting to watch the upcoming final of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC).

The ICC WTC final is going to be played between India, who finished no.1 on the ICC WTC points table, and New Zealand, which was the primary team to qualify for the ultimate.

Kohli vs Williamson IIC World Championshio
Kohli vs Williamson

The final, which was originally alleged to be played in Lord’s ground in London, was shifted to the Rose Bowl, in Southampton due to COVID-19 restrictions and will be played from June 18-22 with 23 being a reserve day. this may even be India’s first-ever match game at a neutral venue.

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Australia was in line to qualify for the ultimate , had England beaten India 2-1, 3-1, or 4-0 within the four-match Test series on their tour of India, however, India defeated England by a margin of 3-1 and booked their ticket to the ultimate , eliminating both Australia and England within the process.

India topped the tournament points table with 72.2% points punctuated by New Zealand at 70.0%. Despite winning another game than New Zealand, Australia missed the second spot by just 0.8%.

The slow over-rate penalty point for the MCG Test that Australia copped was the rationale why they omitted on a final’s berth.

Not Gonna Watch The ICC WTC Final: Nathan Lyon

Interacting with cricket.com.au on The Unplayable Podcast, Nathan Lyon said that he won’t be watching the ICC WTC final match.

He also called Virat Kohli’s India the top team within the world but argued that if the sport is played with the Dukes ball, New Zealand will have a far better chance to clinch the trophy.

“Not gonna watch [the WTC final]… I feel the best team in the world is India. I used to be under the impression that the team that finishes on top chooses the ball. So if it had been Australia vs New Zealand, we wouldn’t have picked the Dukes ball due to the standard of swing bowling in New Zealand. Its little things like this will play a huge role within the game. If they play with the Dukes ball New Zealand will inherit play,”.

said Nathan Lyon

The hand-stitched Dukes ball is employed prominently in England and West Indies and because of a profound seam aid the fast bowlers more.

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