WTC final: Australia not sure if Shardul Thakur or R. Ashwin will find a place on the Indian team, says Daniel Vettori

During the recent Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, India used three spinners. Ashwin (25 wickets) and Jadeja (22) shone brightly and helped their team to a 2-1 series victory.

Assistant coach Daniel Vettori said Thursday before the Australians’ practice session at the Kent County Cricket Ground in Beckenham that the team management had discussed a lot about a possible Indian attack.

We have discussed it, Vettori said.

I think Jadeja will play because of his batting and how successful he is at the No. 6 position.

Then the question will be around the fourth seamer and all-rounder in (Shardul) Thakur and Ashwin, but they are (both) pretty good options. Vettori, however, thinks Ashwin could lose his place in the team because of the combination of teams, despite a decent record in England.

The experienced off-spinner has 18 wickets to his credit at an average of 28.11 in seven games in England, but he has only played one Test at the Oval.

Ashwin is an incredible bowler and he will be the first choice in most teams and just with their combinations it could lead to him missing out on selection, Vettori said.

We expect Oval to act like he always does.

It’s a good wicket, but it has a lot to offer the spinners as the game goes on. Vettori also expects Cameron Green to play an important role in the WTC final, especially after his superb performance in the just-concluded IPL.

Now any cricket is about preparation. He’s working in the background to make sure his bowling workload has increased and he’s really ready for Test cricket, Vettori said of Green.

The way we look at it is, if you’re involved in high-intensity, high-class cricket, we’re happy about it because it means you’re playing cricket.

The hardest thing for guys is to come up after doing nothing, and that can be a problem for a couple of guys who have had a long break and get up to speed as quickly as possible, he said.

As for Cameron, I think he’s played so much cricket that he’ll be fine. It’s great to have him back. He gives so much to the team, he had a great series in India for us and then comes back after a successful IPL.

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