The Liebke World Test Championship final report card: ‘Cummins could have even let Gill have another hit’

The Liebke World Test Championship final report card: ‘Cummins could have even let Gill have another hit’

Australia’s warm-up for the Ashes and India’s warm-down from the IPL coincided with the World Test Championship ginal, a contest to determine once and for all which is the greatest Test cricket nation.

(By ‘once’, I mean ‘it happened previously but New Zealand won it, so we should probably just ignore that’ and by ‘for all’, I mean ‘the entire idea could well be killed off by the ICC in favour of, I dunno, a second T20 World Cup, so whoever wins this one may hold the mace-trophy in perpetuity’.)

Here’s the report card for the World Test Championship final between Australia and India.

Swaggering Bravado

Grade: C

India strutted to the middle of The Oval full of intimidatory tactics. They omitted the number one Test ranked bowler, Ravichandran Ashwin, from their starting XI, presumably as an act of swaggering bravado. (BRavido? No.) 

Don’t even need the best bowler in this format to beat you lot, they were saying. Magnificent stuff.

And justified too, as th

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