‘We’ve got India in the World Test Championship final first’: Pat Cummins on Ashes talk

World Test Championship

The much-anticipated World Test Championship Final between India and Australia is set to take place later this week, with both teams aiming for victory. Pat Cummins and the Australian team are eager to bring home the coveted trophy, while India, who finished as runners-up in 2021, are determined to go one step further this time around.

Speaking to reporters ahead of the match at The Oval in London, Cummins highlighted the significance of the upcoming clash. He reminded everyone that India is their first opponent in the World Test Championship final, which many people seemed to have forgotten. Australia’s path to the final was hindered by a poor over rate in the Test against India at the MCG, which cost them crucial points and a place in the initial final.

Reflecting on the missed opportunity, Cummins acknowledged that the significance of the World Test Championship didn’t fully sink in until the first edition was played and New Zealand emerged as the finalists. He expressed regret and a desire to be part of that moment. This time around, with a second chance at the title, the Australian team is fueled by a sense of redemption and an increased sense of importance surrounding the tournament.

Cummins emphasized that the World Test Championship has added more context and significance to every Test series. While traditional battles like the Ashes or India series, consisting of four or five Test matches, are already intense, the Championship provides an additional global context and extra motivation for the more common series with two or three matches. It has become a platform where teams can compete for a major title and showcase their dominance in the longest format of the game.

Both India and Australia, known for their competitive spirit and strong cricketing traditions, will be aiming to produce their best performances in this high-stakes encounter. The match promises to be a battle of skill, strategy, and mental resilience as the teams vie for the prestigious World Test Championship trophy.

As the cricketing world eagerly awaits the final, fans from both nations are excited to witness the clash between these cricketing powerhouses. The World Test Championship has undoubtedly elevated the significance of Test cricket, bringing together the top teams in a thrilling competition.