WTC Final 2023: “We Could Face Some Sort of Similarities To What We Had In India” – Steve Smith Talks About The Oval Pitch

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Australian star batter Steven Smith has opened up on playing conditions at The Oval in the World Test Championship (WTC) 2023 Final. It is set to get underway on June 7 and both the finalists, India and Australia, have started their preparation in full swing. 

The 33-year-old also reckoned that Australia might have to face India-like conditions as the game progresses. There could be pace and bounce and the Oval wicket usually provides some of the best batting conditions in the United Kingdom.

However, spinners may come into play as the game goes on. Indian spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are expected to take advantage of the conditions.

Steve Smith opens up on the matter

“The Oval can present itself with some spin occasionally particularly as the game wears on so we could face some sort of similarities to what we had in India at certain stages of the game. But The Oval is a wonderful place to play cricket in. Lightning-fast outfield, the square goes the whole way across the ground so it is a nice place to bat when you get in and has some decent pace and bounces for an English surface. Should be an absolute cracker,” Smith told cricket.com.au.

Going by the performances in the last few years, India have had an upper hand over Australian. In the recently concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India, the visitors lost the series 1-2.

The 33-year-old also said that he is expecting fans to turn up in huge numbers for the final showdown and the atmosphere is going to be absolute fun.

“The WTC is a great initiative. It gives every game we play a lot of relevance and for us to have qualified on top and face India in the final is incredibly exciting. It is going to be India and us at the Oval. I am sure there will be plenty of fans out there, probably more Indian than Australian but I am sure it is going to be great fun and guys are looking forward to it,” he said.

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