WTC final will be played with Kookaburra ball, not Duke: For the first time in England, Team India will not play with Duke
WTC final will be played with Kookaburra ball, not Duke: For the first time in England, Team India will not play with Duke; WTC Finals June 7 to 11
The final of the World Test Championship (WTC) is to be played in England from June 7, which will be between India and Australia at the Oval. In this match, the Kookaburra ball will be used and not the Dukes. Both teams have agreed to use the Australian variant of the red ball. This will be the first time that the Indian team will not play with the Duke's ball in England. In 2021, the Duke ball was used in the final between India and New Zealand.
However, county teams have complained about the poor quality of the Red Duke's balls. This is probably the reason why both teams have decided to go with Kookaburra. Ricky Ponting has confirmed that the ICC has given permission to use Kookaburra instead of Dukes. When New Zealand toured England last year, Kiwi skipper Williamson also complained about the Duke's balls, saying they were losing their shape quickly. Getting soft quickly and not getting swung either.
The first season of the World Test Championship was won by New Zealand. The Kiwi team defeated India by 8 wickets in the final match. The result of that match was declared on the reserve day. India scored 217 runs in the first innings. In response, New Zealand scored 249 runs and took a lead of 32 runs in the first innings. Then India set a target of 139 runs by scoring 170 runs. In the fourth innings, New Zealand achieved the distinction of becoming the first champion by scoring 140 runs for two wickets.