Australia has won the toss and elected to bowl first in the Cricket World Cup final.
Pat Cummins explained that the ‘dewey’ conditions later in the day would help his side chase whatever India scores as he selected an unchanged team for Sunday’s game.
India captain Rohit Sharma insisted he would have chosen to bat first had he won the toss, and former England captain Michael Atherton explained that Cummins’ decision was a ‘brave’ one.
‘It’s a very brave decision,’ he said.
‘You go back to the very first game here, England got battered when it got dewey, but the pitch has a lot of cracks in it.’
Australia has won the toss and elected to bowl first in the Cricket World Cup final
India can become the first team since Australia in 2007 to make it through a World Cup undefeated, having breezed through to their first decider since 2011.
The closest any side has come to defeating world No.1 India was New Zealand in the group stage, but even then, the hosts won by four wickets with two overs to play as Mohammed Shami took 5-54.
For their part, Australia fell by six wickets against India in their first match but have since pieced together an eight-game winning streak that has them through to their eighth decider in pursuit of a sixth title.
‘(India) have certainly played really well this World Cup,’ Australian captain Pat Cummins said.
‘I think we certainly didn’t, I don’t think we scored par in that first game but we’re one catch away from potentially being in front of that game.
‘We won an ODI series here early on in the year. There’s lots of moments we can draw on where we’ve had success against a really good Indian side.’
More to follow.