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Pat Cummins Confirms Australia's Playing XI For WTC Final Against India

image-lijyq0afScott Boland [Source: Twitter]

In a significant development, Australian captain Pat Cummins has confirmed the inclusion of Scott Boland in the playing XI for the much-awaited World Test Championship final against India, starting tomorrow. In a conversation with renowned Australian media Fox Sports, Cummins revealed that there would be no surprises in the playing XI, thereby officially confirming Boland's participation in the high-voltage face-off. 

Notably, Cummins' partner-in-crime Josh Hazlewood was ruled out of the game after failing to recover from a side strain he sustained during the IPL 2023. While Boland was already picked, Australia added Michael Neser to the squad as a replacement for the injured seamer. However, as everyone speculated, Boland will be preferred over Neser as the third seamer for this game. 

Here's what Cummins stated

"We’re big on kind of everyone bowling slightly differently. Scott is a seam bowler on a good length, but he just offers something slightly different to Joshy Hazlewood, and Starcy being a left hander is bit different. So I don’t think there’s ever a pecking order. You think about the three guys that you want to go out and play."

Boland has been exceptional with the red cherry since making his debut against England at the MCG in 2021. Overall, the crafty Victorian has scalped 28 wickets in seven games at a stunning average of 13.42 and could emerge as a significant threat to the Indian line-up if he finds any movement off the surface. 

Australia's likely playing XI for WTC final

David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Scott Boland