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India include R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in playing XI vs New Zealand, Mohammed Siraj misses out

17 Jun 2021

Team India's final playing XI for the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final has been announced. The team management has decided to play both off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja instead of going with four fast bowlers which means Mohammed Siraj misses out.

This is only the second time that Jadeja and Ashwin will be playing a Test match together in England since 2014. Ashwin averages 32.92 with the ball in England and 25.77 with the bat while Jadeja averages 55 with bat and 42.37 with the ball. Both cricketers have played at least 5 Tests on the previous two tours in England in 2014 and 2018.

Some former cricketers and pundits wanted to see Siraj play ahead of the veteran Ishant Sharma, but Virat Kohli and the selectors have gone for experience over youth for the big match.

Notably, the ICC WTC Final will be played between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl Stadium in Southampton from June 18. The match will start half-an-hour early at 3pm IST, toss will take place at 2.30pm IST.

India playing XI vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.

New Zealand on the other hand, are yet to finalise their squad even though captain Kane Williamson said that everybody is fit and available for selection.

"Everybody is fit in the squad. My elbow has improved thanks to the injection a few days back. We haven't finalised the squad yet, we will do that a little later," Williamson told reporters on the eve of the summit clash in Southampton.

Williamson, who's team recently dethroned India from top of the ICC Test Rankings after the England series win, had missed the Edgbaston Test last week due to an elbow injury but is expected to return to their playing XI for the WTC Final.

Matches

England tour of Pakistan 2022

6th T20I, Lahore, 30 Sep 2022

Pak Pak
169/6 & / (20. ov)
Eng Eng
170/2 & / (14.3 ov) (Target

England won by 8 wickets

England tour of Pakistan 2022

5th T20I, Lahore, 28 Sep 2022

Pak Pak
145/10 & /2 (20. ov)
Eng Eng
140/7 & / (20. ov) (Target

Pakistan won by 5 runs

South Africa tour of India 2022

1st T20I, Thiruvananthapuram, 28 Sep 2022

SA SA
106/8 & / (20. ov)
Ind Ind
110/2 & / (16.4 ov) (Target

India won by 8 wickets

Bangladesh tour of UAE 2022

2nd T20I, Dubai (DSC), 27 Sep 2022

Ban Ban
169/5 & / (20. ov)
UAE UAE
137/5 & / (20. ov) (Target

Bangladesh won by 32 runs