Australia, apart from India, has been one of the most dominating test teams in the last few years, but their core group is approaching the end of their careers and this World Test Championship (WTC) final might be last WTC final for a couple of Australian players.
Here are the 2 Australian players who might be playing their last World Test Championship final –
Reports are rife that David Warner wants to retire from test cricket altogether and the test series against Pakistan that Australia will play at home later this year might be Warner’s last appearance in the whites for Australia.
Warner has been struggling in test cricket for a little while, particularly when he has played away from home in England and the World Test Championship final will be another challenge for him because India has got a couple of bowlers who can move the ball off the deck both ways.
Warner has mostly stood up and put on big performances for Australia on big occasions. This is one such occasion, as it is only the second WTC final in world cricket history and the southpaw would want to be at his best with the bat.
Nathan Lyon is probably Australia’s greatest off spinner of all time and there have never been long periods in his career where he has remained out of form. Also, he has performed for Australia in all sorts of conditions and on all sorts of pitches, at home or away from home.
But, with Lyon in his mind 30s now and with the emergence of another Australian off spinner Todd Murphy, who bowled exceptionally well on India tour earlier this year, Lyon might not stretch his test career a lot longer now.
Apart from Warner, this WTC final might turn out to be Lyon’s last WTC final as well, but the offie would want to make a significant mark in the game and walk away with the test mace.