Aussies all but Test champions as team bowling masterclass leaves India on the ropes

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 08: Mitchell Starc of Australia celebrates the wicket of Virat Kohli of India during day two of the ICC World Test Championship Final between Australia and India at The Oval on June 08, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

Australia have one hand on the World Test Championship trophy after a clinical team bowling performance left India with an all but impossible mountain to climb after just two days’ play.

After Steve Smith completed his century and some free hitting from Alex Carey saw Australia set an imposing first-innings 469, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Scott Boland, Cameron Green and Nathan Lyon picked up one wicket apiece to leave India reeling at 5/151 at stumps, still more than 300 runs behind.

A no ball from Cummins to spare Rahane from falling LBW was the only blemish across 38 superb overs, with the expensive Starc producing the ball of the day to remove Virat Kohli, Boland miserly as ever across 11 metronomic overs that can only enhance his claim to hold his spot over Josh Hazlewood for the first Ashes Test, and Lyon striking late to remove the dangerous Ravindra Jadeja on 48.

Edged and taken!

Nathan Lyon’s introduction brings a near-immediate reward for Australia as Jadeja departs.


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