World Test Championship: Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson believes that South Africa and Australia are on course to make it to the finals of the 2023 World Test Championship (WTC). It will be extremely difficult for any team to get him out of their way. Both these teams are currently in the first two places in the table.
Watson’s big prediction
On Friday, the Proteas, led by Dean Elgar, further cemented their position at the top of the WTC table, beating England by an innings and 12 runs within three days in the opening Test at Lord’s. Australia, led by Pat Cummins, are at the second place in the points table. Watson said on the ICC review, ‘Right now, the way I see it, it will be very difficult for South Africa and Australia not to make the final.’
Told these two teams strong
Watson said, ‘They are both playing good cricket. Australia has played good cricket apart from the last Test against Sri Lanka. Watson, however, asked the two leading teams to exercise caution. He said that a lot will also depend on Australia’s series against India in early 2023. Even as the front-runners of the competition, South Africa cannot tolerate a drop in the rankings. England won the series 2-1 in the three-match T20I series. However, South Africa have taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match Test series.
India will face Australia
Pakistan will play all its remaining five matches at home, while India will host Australia for four of their six remaining WTC matches. Watson said, “You can never give a discount to India and Pakistan, because teams have won too many matches outside their home countries. I would be very surprised if they don’t reach the finals.