Former England cricketer Graeme Swann has opined on Australia’s weakness against spin ahead of the 2023 World Cup final against India. Both sides will play against each other at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, November 19. Team India will try to avenge their loss against the same opponents in the 2003 World Cup final, the only other time they have played against each other in the title decider.
During a discussion on CNN News 18, Swann said: “It’s very natural to hold those demons inside when you have lost to a team. This Indian side haven’t shown any weaknesses throughout this tournament. Australia have shown glaring weaknesses against spin. Even against South Africa in the last game, they squeaked home, they didn’t dominate the game. Only chasing 212, they nearly made a hash of it. Australia have limped into the final whereas India have skipped and cartwheeled their way into the final.”
Meanwhile, the Indian spinners claimed six wickets in their six-wicket win against Australia in their tournament opener in Chennai. While Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav scalped three and two wickets, respectively, Ravichandran Ashwin removed Cameron Green. While expecting India to win the game with ease if they play positively, Graeme Swann warned that Australia can’t be taken lightly as well.
“If India approach the game with the same sort of positivity and mindset they did in the semifinal, there is still no contest, India will win. But Australia are a team you can never ever write off, unfortunately, for an Englishman to say that,” Graeme Swann concluded. “These are the two best teams and they are in the final. This is the grandest final we are going to get. My mouth is wet with anticipation for this game. Of course, I will be supporting India. There won’t be a single Englishman on the planet who is cheering for Australia in this game.”