Dinesh Karthik
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Last Update on: July 27th, 2023 at 03:53 pm

Veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik discussed Australia’s playing XI for the final Test match against England in the ongoing Ashes series. Dinesh Karthik said that Australia made the right decision to bring back young spinner Todd Murphy to the lineup.

Australian skipper Pat Cummins won the toss for the first time in the five-match series. The Australian skipper opted to bowl first in the Ashes final at The Oval in London on Thursday, July 27. They made one change to their lineup, with Todd Murphy replacing Cameron Green.

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The Obvious Change – Dinesh Karthik

Speaking to Sky Sports before the start of play, Dinesh Karthik said that it’s an obvious change from the Aussies, given the dry surface at this venue.

” I would think so. We know the pitch is dry, Nathan Lyon is done well in Oval over a period of time. So the obvious change,” Karthik told Sky Sports.

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You Should Let That Go – Dinesh Karthik

When asked about whether leaving Ravichandran Ashwin out cost India in the WTC final, Dinesh Karthik said that it could be one of the biggest regrets for the team management.

“I think you should let that go! But, I think when they do when they look back at it, that is one of the biggest regrets they could have,” he concluded.

The Rohit Sharma-led team fielded a lone spinner in their lineup for the last edition of the WTC final against Australia at this venue. Indian fast bowlers struggled to get wickets on this surface as Australian batters scored more than 400 runs in the first innings.

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Teams Playing XI

England: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, James Anderson

Australia: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey(w), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins(c), Josh Hazlewood, Todd Murphy