Xtra Time Web Desk: Australia has included pacer duo Sean Abbott and Michael Neser in their training squad for the upcoming ICC World Test Championships Final against India to be played at the Oval from June 7-11.
New South Wales pacer Sean Abbott has been included because he is currently playing County cricket for Surrey and have already played a couple of matches at the Oval this season. So, he will have a fair idea about the conditions and his inputs will be valuable for the team’s preparation ahead of the WTC Final.
According to Abbott, the wicket at the Oval has lot more bounce and pace which should make the Aussie pacers happy.
“We’ve exchanged some texts over the last few days. I just said, ‘the wicket’s been bloody quick – push those slips back, brother’,” Abbott told cricket.com.au from London.
He added, “The pitch we played on last week was bloody quick. The ball was flying through … There was probably more nip in it for slower guys, there was a little bit of swing, but I can assure you there was some pace in the wicket.”
Abbott added that emerging Surrey paceman Gus Atkinson “almost bowled the Jeff Thomson ball at the WACA a couple of times; he had the thing flying over (wicketkeeper) Ben Foakes’ head,” during their recent win over Middlesex.
The assessment will be music to the ears of an Australian side eager for an advantage over the Indian team that defeated them 2-1 on low, turning pitches earlier this year.
The 31-year-old has picked 14 wickets for Surrey from nine innings in the ongoing County Championship division one at an average of 28.64 with a best of 5/89.