India vs Australia BGT 1st Test Tips


India vs Australia Match Details

  • Date: 2023-02-09
  • Start Time: 09:30
  • Location: Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur
  • Tournament: Border Gavaskar Trophy
  • Format: Test Matches
  • Tipster: Brian Thorpe

Tip Summary

  • India have a clear edge over Australia as they won the last two Test series against the Kangaroos.
  • Australia will be playing their full strength in the first Test match starting on January 09, Thursday.
  • The host team have a lot to worry about as they will be missing two mainstream batters in the form of Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer.

The cricket fraternity is gearing up for one of the biggest contests in international cricket as India and Australia will lock horns with each other in the Border Gavaskar Trophy. The four-match celebrated Test series is all set to get underway on January 09, Thursday with the first game scheduled at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur.

India after hosting the illustrious longest format series after a couple of years as the last two Border Gavaskar events saw the Australian team as the hosts. However, they failed to make use of the familiar playing conditions and the home crowd as the Men in Blue scripted history by scoring a win on both tours. Thus, the records and the momentum are in the favor of Rohit Sharma & Men. Moreover, India are quite unbeatable in home conditions.

It is difficult for any cricket team across the world to take down the Indian side when they are playing in their home conditions. They have lost a Test series for the longest time at home. As far as the condition of both the teams is concerned, Australia are in a better position. 

Pat Cummins & Men have done exceptionally well in the purest format of the game in the recent past. They are coming on the Indian tour after defeating South Africa by 2-0 in the three-match series. The team also has two of its prime batters including Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith in brilliant form. 

India, on the other hand, will be dealing with a selection headache going into the series. They are lethal in their series as they defeated the Tigers by 2-0 in a two-match Test series during their tour to Bangladesh. However, they have two major inclusions including Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer. 

Both players will be giving the match a miss due to injury concerns. India will be missing the wicketkeeper-batter a lot as he has been the star player for the team in the longest format. Meanwhile, Shreyas also delivered some noteworthy performances as he established himself as a perfect replacement for Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI. 

Notably, it is an important series for both teams as their chances of qualifying for the World Test Championship final are hanging by a thread. 

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India vs Australia Tips

Player of the Match: Virat Kohli

Top Batter
  • Tip By: Brian Thorpe
  • Tournament: Border Gavaskar Trophy
  • Date: 2023-02-09
  • Best Odds: 5.5 @ Fun88

All the eyes will be on Virat Kohli on Thursday when India will take the field against Australia. After a lean patch of three years, the middle-order batter has shown a glimpse of his brilliant batting form. Towards the end of the last year, Kohli ended his century drought with a hundred against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup. After the shortest format of the game, it was a 50-over format that saw the domination of the batting maestro. In a span of a month, he hit three ODI centuries. The fans are now expecting the run machine to end the dry spell in the Test format as well and score plenty of runs against the Australian team.

Top Australia batter: Steve Smith

Top Batter
  • Tip By: Brian Thorpe
  • Tournament: Border Gavaskar Trophy
  • Date: 2023-02-09
  • Best Odds: 4.5 @ Dafabet

Steve Smith will be the shining star for Australia in the first Test when they will play against India. The batter is living a dream form with the bat after a poor run in the past year. He was absolutely brilliant in the three-match Test series against South Africa. In four innings, Smith collected 231 runs at an average of 57.75 to be the top run-scorer. Moreover, he caused carnage in the few Big Bash League matches that he played for Sydney Sixers. Though it was the T20 format, the batter will definitely carry forward the rhythm, momentum, and zeal. Meanwhile, there is hardly any comparison of the batter if we talk about his international Test records. He holds a stunning 8647 runs to his name in 92 Test matches at an average of over 60.

Top wicket-taker of the match: Mohammed Siraj

Top Wicket Taker
  • Tip By: Brian Thorpe
  • Tournament: Border Gavaskar Trophy
  • Date: 2023-02-09
  • Best Odds: 6.5 @ Dafabet

The right-arm seamer Mohammed Siraj has been the guiding light for India’s bowling attack in the recent past. The team has been without a lot of its senior bowlers because of injury concerns. However, the team hardly felt their absence because of the presence of Siraj in the team. The 28-year-old has donned the whites for India in 15 matches so far and has picked 46 wickets at an average of 30.39 and an economy rate of 3.3. It was against Australia, two years back, that Siraj made his debut and spilled his magic for the first time. We are expecting another great performance on Thursday.