Every player graded from the World Test Championship final: Heroic Head, brilliant Boland, but Aussie nemesis struggles

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 07: Travis Head of Australia salutes the crowd after scoring a century during day one of the ICC World Test Championship Final between Australia and India at The Oval on June 07, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Australia have started their English summer with a maiden World Test Championship title, winning a one-sided final by 209 runs over India in an emphatic team performance.

A spectacular 163 from Travis Head, together with Steve Smith’s 31st Test ton, helped the Aussies take the match by the throat from the opening day, and while there were pockets of Indian resistance thereafter, most notably in Ajinkya Rahane and Shardul Thakur’s century partnership on Day 3, they never truly threatened for victory.

With the Ashes just around the corner, David Warner and Scott Boland both all but rubber-stamped their spots in the first Test XI, while for an ageing India, it might just be a last hurrah for a few of their veterans.

Here are The Roar’s player ratings for the World Test Championship final.

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