India vs Australia test series, A nerve-wracking test series is just to begin: what to expect?
After a never-ending entertainment of limited-over cricket, it is time for some white-ball cricket for the Indian team and fans. The excitement is even bigger because of the rival coming to India for this exciting test series, Australia. It is not only a test for Australia to show their guts and come out victorious in this huge examination on Indian pitches, but it is also a test for the Indian test team to go for the glory of qualifying for the World Test Championship. The Border-Gavaskar Trophy is all set to begin on 9th February, when both teams will be playing 4 test matches. The series initiative was taken way back in 1996/97. Both teams have played 15 editions of this trophy. Australia has been able to win 5 times, whereas India has come out winners 9 times.
This winning domination from India shows that they have been giants in the home series against Australia. So, the Australian team would love to break this domination by winning this trophy and stamping their authority to play the final of the ICC Test Championship. However, it is also a great opportunity for the Indian team to qualify for the final, if they beat Australia in this series. Currently, India is placed at the number 2 spot in the ICC World Test Championship list of teams. In terms of the highest scorers for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Tendulkar is at the number one spot with 3630 runs, and Ricky Ponting is at the number two spot with 2555 runs. The most wickets have been taken by India’s Anil Kumble with 111 wickets with 10 fiver-wicket hauls. Nathan Lyon is chasing Kumble’s record as he has taken 94 wickets so far.
Rohit Sharma has been appointed the captain of the Indian Test Team in India vs Australia test series, and it will be a huge test of his captaincy as well as stamina. If the Indian team is able to win this trophy under his captaincy, they will do it for the 4th consecutive year, and also book a spot for World Test Championship, likely to be played against Australia. So, this test series is going to provide a nerve-wracking cricket with one of the two best teams in the world. India has so many advantages over Australia in this home series, especially the turning tracks with the spinners like Ashwin. It will be a huge test for Australian batting line up to stand up to the occasion and face the music of spin bowling to take this triumph.
|Team India||Team Australia|
|Rohit Sharma (c)||Top order Batter||Pat Cummins (c)||Bowler|
|KL Rahul (vc)||Opening Batter||Steven Smith (vc)||Middle order Batter|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||Bowling Allrounder||Ashton Agar||Bowler|
|Srikar Bharat †||Wicketkeeper Batter||Scott Boland||Bowler|
|Ishan Kishan †||Wicketkeeper Batter||Alex Carey †||Wicketkeeper Batter|
|Shreyas Iyer||Top order Batter||Cameron Green||Batting Allrounder|
|Ravindra Jadeja||Allrounder||Peter Handscomb||Batter|
|Virat Kohli||Top order Batter||Josh Hazlewood||Bowler|
|Kuldeep Yadav||Bowler||Travis Head||Middle order Batter|
|Mohammed Shami||Bowler||Usman Khawaja||Top order Batter|
|Mohammed Siraj||Bowler||Marnus Labuschagne||Batting Allrounder|
|Axar Patel||Bowling Allrounder||Nathan Lyon||Bowler|
|Cheteshwar Pujara||Top order Batter||Lance Morris||Bowler|
|Shubman Gill||Opening Batter||Todd Murphy||Bowler|
|Jaydev Unadkat||Bowler||Matt Renshaw||Batter|
|Suryakumar Yadav||Batter||Mitchell Starc||Bowler|
|David Warner||Opening Batter|
Test Series Schedule
|1st Test India vs Australia||Nagpur Cricket Stadium||09-13 Feb 2023||04:00 GMT|
|2nd Test India vs Australia||Delhi Cricket Stadium||17-21 Feb 2023||04:00 GMT|
|3rd Test India vs Australia||Dharamsala Cricket Stadium||01-05 Mar 2023||04:00 GMT|
|4th Test India vs Australia||Ahmedabad Cricket Stadium||09-13 Mar 2023||04:00 GMT|