Australia and India set to begin the first test match of the four test series on Thursday in Adelaide. The match will be a Day-Night played with the pink ball. This is second time, India will be playing a pink-ball in Test. Australia has played seven Pink Ball Tests since 2015 and has not lost a single game, while India recently played its Pink Ball Test against Bangladesh in the Eden Gardens in 2019.
Both Australia and India have won a series, Australia won the ODI series by 2:1 while India won the T20 series by 2:1, so it’s a final clash between both the teams. The last time India played in Australia, India won their first-ever Test series by thrashing Australia by 2-1. However, Australian were missing their key batsman Steve Smith and David Warner.
Team India News
The biggest problem is the opening pair. As a pair, Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal flopped on seaming tracks in New Zealand and Prithvi Shaw has been struggling with short ball. We will see Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane continuing at number 3, 4, and 5 respectively. Hanuma Vihari is going to be No. 6 batsman while Wriddhiman Saha is going to be the wicket keeper at no 7.
Ravichandran Ashwin is the only specialist who will go with the pace trio of Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah.
Team Australia Report
Marcus Harris and Joe Burns will open the batting for the Aussies in Warner and Puckovski’s absence. Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith are likely to follow. Travis Head, Matthew Wade, and captain Tim Paine will form the middle order.
Nathon Lyon will be main spinner who will go with the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood.
India vs Australia Match Details
Date: December 17- 21, 2020 (Thursday- Monday)
Time: 9.30 AM IST
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Adelaide’s wicket should be good for the batsmen, while the pacers will have to capitalise on the new ball overs, as there is not likely to be much movement from the pitch. Spinners are expected to come into play later in the game, mainly on days four and five.
The weather should remain good for all five days of the season, with an average temperature of 23 degrees Celsius.
India vs Australia Probable Playing XIs
🇮🇳 India have announced their XI for the opening #AUSvIND Test 👇
Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
What do you make of this side? 👀 pic.twitter.com/R86KZkdgFk
— ICC (@ICC) December 16, 2020
Australia: Joe Burns, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head or Cameron Green, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (C/wk), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood.
India Confirmed XI: Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
India vs Australia Squads
Australia: Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Marcus Harris, Steven Smith, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (wk/C), Travis Head, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Matthew Wade, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, James Pattinson, Michael Neser, Mitchell Swepson.
India: Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul, Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Siraj, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kuldeep Yadav.
Australia vs India 1st Test Live Streaming
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