India vs Australia is known to produce emphatic encounters whenever they cross paths in international cricket. Fans are always eager to see these two heavyweights go in action against one another. Be it any format, the aggression, intensity, and match-up between players is one that is separate from any other.
The two teams will square off once again as Australia tours India in February 2023 which will consist of 4 Test matches and 3 ODIs. Starting with the red ball format, India and Australia series will kick off in Nagpur for the first Test from Feb 9-13. The ODIs will be next to follow with the first match to be played in Mumbai on 17 March.
The Border-Gavaskar trophy is currently with India after their historic 2-1 victory in Australia. They have won the previous three editions of the championship. Australia was defeated by a 2-1 margin the last time they toured India in 2017.
This tour is crucial with a lot at stake for both teams. Starting with the longest format of the game, India vs Australia will play their last series as part of the World Test Championship 2023. At the moment, Australia is up there at the number 1 spot with 75.56% points. Next is India with 58.93% points and the road to the final is still wide open with Sri Lanka, and South Africa still in contention.
For Australia, they need to draw at least one match with India to book their birth in the final. Whereas for India, they are required to win with a margin of 3-1 or better to qualify. If they fail to do so, the result of the 2-match series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand will come into play. Hence, it is quite visible that both India and Australia would bank on this series to confirm their spot in the top 2. We can expect a crackerjack of a series as everything is on the line for the two champion sides.
Coming to the ODIs, the ICC World Cup is just a few months away to be played in Oct 2023 which will be hosted by India. The two teams have automatically qualified for the tournament and this is the time they’ll look to strike the right balance in their squad as they get ready for the cup. Thus, this is a vital opportunity for India and Australia to prepare their players and get their form up and running.
Here’s the schedule for the upcoming Test and ODI series to be played between India and Australia.
India vs Australia Test series will begin in Nagpur on Feb 9, and the teams will move from there to Delhi for the second Test starting on Feb 17. While the last two tests will be played in Dharamsala and Ahmedabad. The match will start at 9:30 AM IST.
|Feb 09, Thu - Feb 13, Mon||India vs Australia, 1st Test Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur||9:30 AM 04:00 AM GMT / 09:30 AM LOCAL|
|Feb 17, Fri - Feb 21, Tue||India vs Australia, 2nd Test Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi||9:30 AM 04:00 AM GMT / 09:30 AM LOCAL|
|Mar 01, Wed - Mar 05, Sun||India vs Australia, 3rd Test Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala||9:30 AM 04:00 AM GMT / 09:30 AM LOCAL|
|Mar 09, Thu - Mar 13, Mon||India vs Australia, 4th Test Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad||9:30 AM 04:00 AM GMT / 09:30 AM LOCAL|
The 3-match ODI series will get going with the first encounter scheduled in Mumbai on Mar 17. The next two games will take the teams to Visakhapatnam, and Chennai to be played on Mar 19 and Mar 21 respectively.
|Mar 17,Fri||India vs Australia, 1st ODI Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai||2:00 PM 08:30 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL|
|Mar 19, Sun||India vs Australia, 2nd ODI Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam||2:00 PM 08:30 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL|
|Mar 22, Wed||India vs Australia, 3rd ODI MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai||2:00 PM 08:30 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL|
India have thus far announced their squad for the first two Tests against Australia. While star pacer Jasprit Bumrah is still recovering from his injuries, Ravindra Jadeja is making a comeback after being out of action since Aug 2022, but his chances of playing are subject to his fitness . The hosts have included the wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav for the red ball format. Their inclusion will be an exciting one to watch out for as they have been extremely successful for India in the shorter format.
While for Australia, Mitchell Starc is set to miss the first Test due to a finger injury, but is likely to play in the remaining three Tests. Leg-spinner Todd Murphy earned a maiden national call-up and he will be an interesting prospect to look forward to alongside speedster Lance Morris.
Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, KL Rahul (vice-captain) (wk), Srikar Bharat(wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Jaydev Unadkat.
Usman Khawaja, Matt Renshaw, Steven Smith (vice-captain), David Warner, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey (wk), Peter Handscomb (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson.
India vs Australia series would be available for live streaming on the Disney+Hotstar app and website. While the TV broadcasting rights have been earned by Star Sports.
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