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Australian Cricket: Three Aussie players that need to perform

Australia and India will go head to head in the World Test Championship final this week and three players in particular will need to step up to the plate at The Oval.

It is a huge couple of months for the Australian Test side as they look to first see off India and then defend the Ashes against England

Cricket Australia named their squad for the India Test and the first two Tests against England some weeks ago. 

It means they have the chance to change the squad if things do not go according to plan in those opening three Test matches. 

It also means that the pressure is on a number of Australians to perform, otherwise they will face the prospect of being axed from the side. 

The Test with India is huge, because not only is the World Test Championship on the line, but so too is selection for the opening Ashes Test against England.

WhatAustralia v India 
WhereThe Oval, England
When7th to 12th June, 2023
How to watchChannel 7, Kayo, Foxtel
OddsAustralia 1.95, Draw 5.50, India 2.75

David Warner 

It is fair to say that opening batsman David Warner is the player most under pressure heading into the World Test Championship final against India. 

Some have argued that due to his lack of form in Test cricket, Warner should not be in the side that takes to the field at the Oval. 

That may seem a bit harsh, but one thing is for certain, Warner needs to find his form quickly if he is to keep his place in the side. 

Warner sits seventh on the list of Australia’s all-time leading run-scorers in Test matches, with 25 centuries to his name. 

However, over the last few years, the runs have dried up and he has just the one Test century in his past 32 innings. 

With the likes of Marcus Harris breathing down his neck and ready to step in, Warner really needs a big performance against India to silence the critics and cement his place in the side for the opening Ashes Test. Warner is priced at 8.50 to be the Top 1st Innings Batter. 

Pat Cummins 

The Australian captain is another player that needs to perform against India. Of course, all being well, Cummins place in the side is secure, but he still needs to step up to the plate at the Oval. 

All eyes will be on Cummins and the way he captains the side, also his fitness will be in the spotlight after not playing much cricket. 

The same can be said of a number of the Australian players, who have not played in the IPL or English County Cricket. 

Cummins left the India tour earlier in the year early due to family reasons but says he is refreshed and ready to go against India. 

The skipper says he would rather be a touch underdone going into the busy schedule rather than overdone. Cummins is priced at 6.50 to be the Top 1st Innings Bowler. 

Scott Boland 

Australia have been hit by the news that Josh Hazlewood will miss out against India as he battles back from a troublesome Achilles injury. 

The pace bowler was close to making the Test but the Aussies are taking no risks and Boland will get another chance to shine. 

Boland has proven his class at this level, but he is by no means guaranteed a spot in the side if Hazlewood is injured. 

Michael Neser is waiting in the wings and following an impressive spell playing English County cricket, he is ready to step in. 

Neser has also been shining with the bat and is a very attractive option for the Australian selectors. Taking all that into consideration, Boland is in need of a big performance if he gets the nod to face India. Boland is priced at 8.00 to be Top 1st Innings Bowler. 

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