IND vs AUS 1st BGT Prediction 01 Mar 2023
Australia will be hoping to stage a comeback after suffering two consecutive defeats in the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2023 when they take on India in the third Test match, beginning on March 1 at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
- Rohit Sharma’s side has already secured the Border Gavaskar Trophy for the fourth time in a row by taking a 2-0 lead in the series.
- A win in the third Test will guarantee India a spot in the ICC World Test Championship final.
- Australia have to win this test match to stay alive in the series.
IND vs AUS – BGT – Venue Details
Venue: Holar Stadium, Indore
Date: March 1 2023
Time: 9:30 (local)
IND vs AUS – BGT – Team Previews
During a training session ahead of the 3rd Test, both KL Rahul and Shubman Gill batted, leading some to speculate that it was an audition for Rahul, who was recently stripped of India’s vice-captaincy due to his poor form in Tests. The decision to select Rahul over Gill, who is considered a rising star, has divided opinions in the cricketing world.
However, India seems to have no worries about injuries or tactics, as the pitch is expected to behave similarly to the Nagpur and Delhi tracks. India only needs to ensure that their batsmen score more than the opponents and their spinners do the rest. It is likely that Gill will replace Rahul in the playing XI.
While India is almost certain to qualify for the WTC final, they can still technically miss out if they don’t win the last two Tests and Sri Lanka win 2-0. Similarly, Australia won’t make the final if they lose 4-0 and Sri Lanka win 2-0.
Australia has had a string of misfortunes on their tour of India so far, with injuries and poor selection decisions contributing to their poor performance in the first two Tests. The team brought several injured players with them to India, and their low total in Nagpur was followed by the injury of experienced opener David Warner, who was subsequently ruled out for the rest of the series.
Josh Hazlewood was also declared unfit for the next two matches, and left-arm spinner Ashton Agar was sent back to Australia after not being selected for the first two games. In addition, skipper Pat Cummins had to rush back to Sydney to be with his ailing mother and will miss the Indore Test.
Despite the return of Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green, who were previously injured, Australia’s selection decisions have also come under scrutiny. The omission of Travis Head for the first Test and the strange decision to bring Ashton Agar over as their second spinner, only to send him back after the Sydney Test, have raised eyebrows. However, with Starc taking Cummins’ place and Steven Smith leading the side, these issues should be manageable.
Despite the recent struggles, there have been some bright spots for Australia. Todd Murphy took 7 wickets in his Test debut in Nagpur, while Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, and Travis Head showed glimpses of hope with their batting performances in Delhi.
IND vs AUS – BGT – Probable Playing XI’s
India: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma (Cap), Cheteshwar Pujara, Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Srikar Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Shami
Australia: Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith (Cap), Peter Handscomb, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (wk), Mitch Starc, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Scott Boland
IND vs AUS – BGT – Pitch Report and Toss Prediction
The upcoming match will take place at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, where India has a strong record with just one loss across formats. The average first-innings score at this venue is 353. Although only two Tests have been played at this stadium so far, India has won on both occasions.
IND vs AUS – BGT – Match Prediction
It is looking bleak for the Australians with their captain missing and senior players not stepping up. The Indians are on a roll and should make it 3-0 comfortably.