Aaron Finch believes that getting early wickets to expose both Kohli and Smith to the brand new ball will be crucial for success in the match. Speaking to Star Sports, Finch emphasized the significance of dismissing Kohli and Smith early in their innings.
As both players are expected to bat at number four, Finch acknowledged that their contributions will be pivotal in deciding the outcome of the game. However, when asked to choose between the two stalwarts, Finch unhesitatingly sided with Smith, highlighting the latter’s outstanding record on English soil. He said:
I will always side with Steve Smith, I think his record is outstanding, but it will be a very good contest.
Finch’s faith in Smith stems from the Australian batsman’s remarkable track record, which has earned him accolades and recognition throughout his career. Smith’s ability to consistently deliver exceptional performances has made him a force to be reckoned with in the cricketing world. Finch’s endorsement of Smith tells us about the confidence and admiration his teammates and cricketing fraternity hold for the 34 year old Australian.
While acknowledging the immense challenge that lies ahead, Finch emphasized the intense rivalry between Australia and India, which has consistently brought out the best in both teams. He mentioned that the contest between the two cricketing giants has been highly regarded in both countries and has yielded thrilling encounters over the years.
Despite India’s recent dominance over Australia in the past three series, Finch expressed his belief that both teams will rise to the occasion, regardless of the playing conditions or venue. Whether played at home, away, or in neutral territory, the clash between Australia and India is anticipated to be a captivating spectacle.
As the World Test Championship final draws near, the focus will undoubtedly be on the highly anticipated battle between Steve Smith and Virat Kohli. The clash between these two exceptional batsmen will be a definite highlight of the game.
However, there will be some other players who will be watched closely alongside these two modern greats. The currently number one test batsman Marnus Labuschagne will be eyeing on to continue with his sublime form on English soil.
Cameron Green is expected to play a big role for the Aussies. For the Indian side, the hope will rely on Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill to provide a solid start as both have the capability to take the away from the opposition. Gill will be facing Starc in English conditions for a prolonged period, and given his recent record against the left armer, some troubling moments will follow him in the initial phase.