Former Australian cricketer Michael Clarke who led Australia to their ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 trophy, has predicted an India-Australia final in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy which is scheduled to be played in the UK, next month. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ফাইনাল খেলবে ভারত ও অস্ট্রেলিয়া- ক্লার্ক]
While talking to the reporters on sidelines of a promotional event, Clarke talked on the upcoming tournament, “I see India and Australia in final. The conditions in the UK are going to play a big part. For example, if there’s swing and seam on offer, Australian pacers will be tough to face. That will hold us in good stead. The likes of Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson , Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins can be tough to face.”
Clarke thinks two spin-duo of Indian side, Ashwin and Jadeja would play a big role in England’s wicket conditions.
“If it’s hot and the wicket spins, there’s no better exponents (on those tracks) than Ashwin and Jadeja. That will be in India’s favour. In Jadeja, India have the luxury of a quality spinner, who can bat. He is as good a spinner as anybody in world cricket,” said Clarke.
However, the Indian batsmen were not seen in great form in the ongoing IPL but Clarke thinks that would not be a problem as they still have enough time in hand to prepare themselves.
“It’s a different format (50 over). You get more chance to build your innings during batting. I don’t think the Indian batsmen will be too concerned about their form in IPL or not,” Clarke told.
He further added, “They will have enough time to prepare for Champions Trophy. There will be confident having won the Champions Trophy, last time. They have had success in shorter formats in the United Kingdom,” Clarke concluded.