The World Test Championship Final 2023 between India and Australia will be played at the Kennington Oval in London, England from Tuesday, June 7 to Saturday, June 11. The Oval is a historic ground that has hosted 104 Test matches since 1880. In those matches, the team batting first has won 38 times, while the team fielding first has won 29 times. In the last decade, teams have opted to field first in five out of nine matches played at the Oval, winning two and losing three.
The conditions at the Oval are typically favorable to the bowlers, with the pitch offering good pace and bounce. However, the ground is also known for its even bounce, which can make it difficult for bowlers to extract turn. This means that both teams will need to be well-rounded in their approach, with both batsmen and bowlers capable of contributing to the team's success.
India and Australia are two of the most successful Test teams in the world, and this match is sure to be a closely contested affair. The team that can best adapt to the conditions at the Oval and play to their strengths will be the one that comes out on top.
The Oval has been a good batting ground in the last 10 years, with an average of 3.39 runs per over, the third highest among seven major Test grounds in England. However, bowlers have also had success at the ground, with a wicket falling every 54 balls or after 30 runs.
In the first two innings, pace bowlers have been the most successful, with an average of 27.51, an economy rate of 3.19, and a strike rate of 51.45. Spinners have come into play more in the second two innings, with a strike rate of 58.8, an average of 26.57, and an economy rate of 3.29.
Overall, The Oval is a good all-round ground, with something for both batsmen and bowlers. Batsmen will need to be patient and build their innings, while bowlers will need to be disciplined and take their chances.
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India and Australia have both played a number of Test matches at The Oval, with mixed results. India has won two, lost three, and drawn seven of their matches at the ground, while Australia has won seven, lost 17, and drawn 14.
India's last match at The Oval was in 2021, when they defeated England by 157 runs. Australia's last match at The Oval was in 2019, when they lost to England by 137 runs.
Both teams will be looking to improve on their previous records at The Oval when they meet in the World Test Championship final in June.