Let loose your adrenaline rush as two of the world’s top cricketing nations is all set to face each other in the upcoming series that will be played in Australia.
India’s tour to Australia will include 4 Test matches, 3 One-day Internationals and 3 T-20’s, starting from November 21, 2018, till January 18, 2019.
This two-month long blockbuster tour of India in Australia will begin with the shortest format of cricket, the T-20. Out of the three T-20’s, the first match will be played at the Gabba on 21st November 2018.
After the T-20 matches, there will be a warm-up game between India and Australia.
India and Australia test matches will be played beginning from December 6, 2018, at Adelaide Oval.
Though India is still unsure about the Adelaide Test, as it will be a day-night match and the BCCI is unsure about the pink-ball test.
CA CEO James Sutherland said in a press release that the discussion over this is still ongoing. “It is our preference that we play India in a day-night Test match in Adelaide, but we are still working through this detail and hope to have an answer on this in the coming weeks,” the release said.
After the second Test match that will be played between India and Australia at Perth from December 16, the two teams will be playing their Boxing Day Test on December 26 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
As already known, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is rested in India Vs Australia series. Besides, the Indian Cricket team has made slight changes in its Test and T20’s squad.
Strong comebacks have been made by Murali Vijay, Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel.
Hardik Pandya’s absence as an all-rounder bowler might prove to be a big blow for the Indian cricket squad. Indian chief selector MSK Prasad had said in an interview, “Hardik Pandya has not yet recovered and will at least sit out till November 15.”
“It’s very difficult to match Hardik’s all-around ability. At least we don’t see that kind of ability now in India. That’s why no other alternatives were discussed. And we expect Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar] to come good; we know he can bat”, added Prasad.
What came as a pleasant surprise was Jaspreet Bumrah and Ishant Sharma’s return in the team.
The squad includes the following players:
India T20I Squad:
Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Krunal Pandya, Bhubaneswar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, K Khaleel Ahmed.
India Test Squad:
Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
Australia Squad Against India
Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendroff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chriss Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa
Former Australian Captain Ricky Ponting believes if pitch conditions in Australia could facilitate swing and seam, then India will have a tough time ahead playing against Australia.
Ponting said this in reference to the same situation that occurred in the last concluded series in England, where India lost the series by 1-4.
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India will be relying on their batting line-up which includes Captain Virat Kohli. The Indian captain has an excellent run record in Australia in 2014-15 series. Kohli’s stellar performances have continued in the last concluded England’s trip where he scored 593 runs including two power-packed centuries.
Though India has had a tough record in test matches against Australia, India currently has probably the best pace attack at their disposal and thus hopefully Virat and Co. will pounce on the vulnerable Australia side that is already playing without their top players like Steven Smith and David Warner. They both are serving the 12-month ban following the ball-tampering scandal.
India Tour of Australia 2018 Full Schedule
India Vs Australia T-20 Matches
November 21 – Australia v India, The Gabba, 1st T20I
November 23 – Australia v India, MCG, 2nd T20I
November 25 – Australia v India, SCG, 3rd T20I
India Vs Australia Test Matches
December 6-10 – Australia v India, Adelaide Oval, 1st Test
December 14-18 – Australia v India, Perth Stadium, 2nd Test
December 26-30 – Australia v India, MCG, 3rd Test
January 3-7 – Australia v India, SCG, 4th Test
India Vs Australia 2018 ODI
January 12 – Australia v India, SCG, 1st ODI
January 15 – Australia v India, Adelaide Oval, 2nd ODI
January 18 – Australia v India, MCG, 3rd ODI
Whatever be the speculations and whatever be the result, it will be interesting to be a witness of the clash of titans.
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