India vs Australia Match Details
- 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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