Australia vs India Test Series 2020/21

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Australia vs India Test Series 2020/21 Fixtures

  • Completed
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    17 Dec 2020, Adelaide Oval, Australia vs India Test Series 2020/21
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    25 Dec 2020, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia vs India Test Series 2020/21
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    06 Jan 2021, Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia vs India Test Series 2020/21
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    14 Jan 2021, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Australia vs India Test Series 2020/21
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India return to Australia for a Test series after beating Australia in the previous Border-Gavaskar series in Australia in 2018/19. While the victory was achieved on the back of some stunning bowling performances from the India pacers, the Aussies were without key player, David Warner and Steven Smith, who were banned at the time.

At one win each its everything to play for in the 3rd Test

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The two have returned with aplomb to the national setup and the hosts are also bolstered by the addition of Marnus Labuschagne in the batting line-up as they gear up to face India again. Meanwhile, the bowling stocks are intact with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins forming the deadly trio that destroyed England in their backyard. 

India, meanwhile, have tons of reasons to be on the back-foot ahead of the Test series. Their skipper, Virat Kohli will depart for paternity leave after the first day/night Test at Adelaide. Ishant Sharma, a key component of their pace attack last time around, is injured and out while Rohit Sharma, the opener is unavailable for the first two Tests at least. Ravindra Jadeja, who suffered an injury in the ongoing T20I series, is also in doubt for the first Test.

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Key factors for India’s return to Australian soil

  • Kohli’s unavailability after the first Test is a huge setback for India given his terrific record in Australia.
  • Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner appear in top form ahead of the series.
  • Josh Hazlewood too has had a good time with the ball in the limited-overs leg.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara is a sturdy no.3 batsman and one of India’s most resilient and resolute players in this format. His doggedness could be useful as India look to keep the Aussie bowlers at bay.

India’s record in Australia

India have played as many as 48 Tests in Australia against Australia, winning just seven Tests and losing 29. 12 of these matches have been drawn affairs. The tour Down Under has been a very challenging one for the Indians, the batters in particular, as they have to adjust to the extra bounce in the wickets. 

Their first ever Test win on Australian soil came 1977/78 when they won two Test matches. In 1980/81, 2003/04 and 2007/08, India recorded a win each, drawing the series on two of those occasions. In 2018/19, they recorded two wins and drew a Test to take the series 2-1. 

Probable XI India Test TeamMayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (later replaced by Shubman Gill), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

Probable XI Australia Test TeamJoe Burns, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Key players

Ajinkya Rahane – One of India’s finest overseas batter, Rahane will also have the additional responsibility of leading the side once Virat Kohli moves away after the first Test match. The middle-order batsman is a terrific player of pace and bounce and could be the most important batsman for India on this tour. 

Josh Hazlewood –The Australian pace bowler lives in the shadow of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, but is a brilliant bowler to have with the red ball. Hazlewood has appeared threatening with his extra bounce and nip off the surface in the limited-overs series against India already and could be in line to trouble the visitors more in the upcoming Test series.

Jasprit Bumrah – The most threatening of India’s pace bowlers, Jasprit Bumrah recorded figures of 6/33 in a Test in Australia last time around. He finished as the joint-highest wicket-taker in the series with 21 wickets at an average of 17 and appears to be the most potent of India’s seamers as they land in Australia.

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