With the conditions at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton expected to favour the seamers, New Zealand, who boast of some world class swing bowlers in their line-up, will start as outright favourites for the World Test Championship final.
India are desperately short of match practice having spent a couple of weeks in quarantine. Their only real practice ahead of the WTC final will be the couple of intra-squad games, where they attempted to simulate real match situations.
Senior pros Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma made it to the playing XI.
India have placed their trust on the young Shubman Gill ahead of Mayank Agarwal.
Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami combine the pace attack. Among the spinners, India picked both Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, who are also quite handy with the bat.
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