Former England spinner Monty Panesar believes that Team India can pick two spinners in the starting XI for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia. Monty Panesar pointed out that the Oval Stadium in London is the only surface in England that can help the spinners.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCC) picked three spinners in their 15-member squad for the upcoming WTC final, which is scheduled to be held at the Oval between June 7 and 11. Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Axar are competing for a place in the playing XI.
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Ball Turning Even In Some T20 Blast Games – Monty Panesar
Monty Panesar predicted a flat surface for the summit clash and said that the ball was turning in recent T20 blast matches at the venue.
“It is one pitch in England you tend to play two spinners. If the ball turns, there is bounce as well for the spinners. In my view the wicket will be flat. In these conditions, it will suit India if they play two spinners. We have already seen Australia struggling against spinners, especially from India,” Panesar told news agency PTI.
“The weather has been hot and we are seeing the ball turning even in some T20 Blast games in London. I also don’t see them keeping grass because they would want the match to last at least four days,” he added.
India Are The Stronger Side – Monty Panesar
The 41-year-old stated that India will start as favorites in the final match with a stronger side. Panersar said that Umesh Yadav could be the third pacer in the bowling attack, along with Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj.
“It will also be interesting to see who the seamers will be as they have lot of options there as well. India are the stronger side in my opinion on all fronts. As they will get extra batting options with Ashwin and Jadeja, I would go with Umesh as the third pacer,” he added.
“He is the guy Rohit can go to and say ‘I want you to bowl five overs at 140 plus and rough up the Australian batters’. You will need that extra pace,” he continued.
Umesh Yadav played two matches in the recently concluded Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT) against Australia at home. The right-arm pacer picked up three wickets in two matches. He went wicketless in the final Test match of the series in Ahmedabad.