Cricket Australia picks WTC Team of the Tournament, Excludes Steve Smith

There was some activity on Wednesday regarding the World Test Championship. Australia announced the team for the WTC Finals, which would happen in June. The finals will be played between India and Australia. Cricket Australia also announced their WTC XI of the edition, which will end soon. On that note, here, we take a look as Cricket Australia picks WTC Team of the Tournament.

Cricket Australia picks WTC Team of the Tournament

CA did not have too many surprises while selecting the squad. For the opening combination, they opted for Usman Khawaja and Dimuth Karunaratne. Both these southpaws have had a terrific outing and Khawaja will be looking to end it on a high.

The middle-order features some solid cricketers in the form of Babar Azam, Joe Root and Travis Head. With 1915 runs, Root is the highest run-getter of the tournament. Rishabh Pant is the wicket-keeper of this squad. It is unfortunate that he will not play a part in the finals. It will be a big blow for Team India.


While Ravindra Jadeja was the all-rounder, R Ashwin and Pat Cummins have also done enough to warrant a spot in this department. The rest of the bowling unit was completed by Kagiso Rabada and James Anderson.

Australia will be the favourites to win the second edition of the World Test Championship

Meanwhile, Australia will be the likely team to win the WTC. This is mainly because of the conditions that the game would played in. Moreover, Australia has a full-strength squad while India will be missing some key cricketers.


India will be without the services of Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. This will be a big miss for the team, especially in the absence of Bumrah and Pant. It will be interesting to see how the team performs because there will not be too many experienced options available, especially when it comes to the middle-order of the batting line-up.

Nesara V Jagannatha

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