Australia’s assistant coach, Andrew McDonald, has said that Australia would be watching the fourth Test between India and England with keen interest and would be hoping the visitors win the Test and level the four-match series 2-2.
If England manages to win the fourth Test, Australia will get a ticket to the World Test Championship final. However, if they lose the final Test or the match results in a draw, India will qualify for the final.
“There’s a bit of self-interest there for us. We’ll be hoping they can do the job there. It’s going to be difficult for them, no doubt, some of the surfaces have been conducive to spin bowling and probably India’s strengths in their ability to play spin as well. We wish them well. See what unfolds, it’s out of our hands but we’ll be watching along with interest,” ESPNCricinfo quoted McDonald as saying.
“Think most people have been watching that series with some great interest in terms of the conditions and the short nature of the Tests has been very interesting to watch from afar,” he added.
Australia’s opening batsman, David Warner, too, is hopeful of England winning the Test. Though, he won’t be barracking for the visitors.
“I won’t be barracking for England. From a cricket perspective, we’d like to see a draw [in the series]. It would be ideal for us to make the World Test Championship final and if that happens it’s a great result for us,” said Warner.
India is currently leading the four-match Test series 2-1. After losing the first Test by a big margin, India bounced back strongly to win the next two Tests. It remains to be seen if India continues to dominate in the series or England can spring a surprise at the Motera Stadium.