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ICC WTC Final: The upcoming few months will be extremely crucial for the Australian cricket team. They will first lock horns against India in the World Test Championship Final followed by the much anticipated Ashes 2023. They have displayed exceptional brand of cricket over the last two years and it’ll be the final showdown for them.

The ICC WTC Final will be played from 7th to 11th June at the Oval. Whereas Ashes 2023 will begin from 16th June in Edgbaston, which will be followed by the second game on 28th June at Lord’s. The third game will be played on July 6th in Leeds whereas the last two games are slated to take place on July 19th and July 27th at Manchester and the Oval respectively.

ICC WTC Final: Mark Waugh backs David Warner To Open The Innings in WTC Final and Ashes 2023 Despite Poor Form

IND vs AUS 2nd Test: Australia likely to drop David Warner, Matthew Kuhnemann added to the Test squad
David Warner was dismissed for 10 run in the second innings during IND vs AUS 1st test | Getty Images

One of the main concerning things for Australia will be the form of David Warner in the Tests. The southpaw has failed to fire and has failed consistently in the longest format of the game. There has been many speculations about his place in the side with many raising calls to drop him.

Apart from his double century against South Africa, David Warner has failed to get going. The southpaw has failed to reach fifty in the last 18 Test innings, and also averaged just 9.50 on the last Ashes tour in 2019, where Stuart Broad gave him sleepless nights.

Warner failed miserably in the Tests against India and following that his place in the side has been under scanner. With ICC WTC Final and Ashes 2023 around the corner, a big question remains about whether he will find a place in the XI or not.

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Mark Waugh however, feels that Australia will stick with David Warner for the ICC WTC Final and they should start him for the Ashes as well. Speaking to AAP, he said:

“If I am reading the tea leaves right, it sounds like they will stick with David for the World Test Championship (final) at The Oval. And if that’s the way Australia are thinking about the World Test Championship, then yes, they have to start with him for the Ashes. It would be very hard to have Usman Khawaja and Warner open the batting and then change a week later for the first Test at Edgbaston.”

ICC WTC Final: Australia squad for the World Test Championship Final

WTC Final: Australia Announced Strong 17-men Squad for WTC Final | Australia's WTC Final Squad
Australia’s WTC Final Squad

ICC WTC Final: Australia have named the 17-member strong for the ICC WTC Final. David Warner has managed to retain his placed wheres Pat Cummins will also be back after missing last few games of India tour. Here’s Australia squad for the ICC World Test Championship Final:

Pat Cummins (captain), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (vice-captain), Mitchell Starc, David Warner

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