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4 Aussie players who were part of the 2015 ODI World Cup winning squad, the 2021 T20 World Cup winning squad and this Test Championship winning squad: Think it's Warner, Smith, Starc, Cummins. Marsh was in the two white-ball squads, but here he was only a reserve. Andrew McGlashan with this super stat.
Runs for Steven Smith, including a century.
Wickets for all the bowlers, who bring their own unique threat. Pat Cummins with his pace and seam movement. Scott Boland with his accuracy. Mitchell Starc with his pace and variation. Nathan Lyon with his turn and bounce.
Over a hundred runs for the wicketkeeper Alex Carey and six catches
Even David Warner battling on the first day in extremely trying conditions for run-scoring was a big tick.
Australia missed out on a place in the last WTC final because they had two points taken away for slow over-rate. At that point, they didn't recognise the importance of this trophy. This championship doesn't have history going for it yet. But it will. It will even save Test cricket given time.
All through their tour of India earlier this year, they might have been dreaming of this. They needed to win one of those four games to make it to The Oval. They did. And in conditions that suit them, they have been UNDENIABLY the better side. They become the first team to win all four ICC trophies - the ODI World Cup, the T20I World Cup, The Champions Trophy and now the Test Mace.
India fell behind in the first innings, giving away 469, but they hung in there from that point all the way through to the fifth day which dawned with hope. They were 164 for 3 with Kohli and Rahane in the middle of a 71-run partnership at really good time. All that fight should not go unnoticed. Through this two year cycle, they have played some excellent Test cricket. But when it came down to the biggest moments - that first day when they gave away over 300 runs - and today when they had to see off the first session, they fell short. So 234 all out. A collapse of 7 for 70 in one session's play. Those numbers will dominate coverage, but they shouldn't take away from the fight that got India to the final day with hope.