Australia dominated India in the ODI series by winning 2-1 while India bounced back and gave a sharp blow to the hosts in the shortest format of the game. The visitors clinched the T20I series by 2-1 and proved the critics wrong. Now, the action shifts to the Border Gavaskar Trophy series.
Australia and India will lock horns with each other in the upcoming four-match Test series. The opening Test is less than a day away from getting underway from December 17.
Virat Kohli will play the Test opener and will take the flight to India to attend the birth of his new child. Kohli’s deputy Ajinkya Rahane will lead the tea in the last three games. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma has passed the fitness test and has been declared fit by the physios at the NCA in Bengaluru.
David Warner will not be playing the first Test as he is recovering from a groin injury. He sustained the injury during the ODI series against India. He is eagerly waiting to make a comeback for the second Test which will be played at the MCG.
India elected to bat first winning the toss.
Australia: Joe Burns, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India: Virat Kohli (c), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
AUS vs IND 1st Test Match Details:
Australia vs India 1st Test Match will begin on Thursday, 17th December 2020 at 9:30 AM IST.
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide.
It will be telecasted on Sony Ten 1 HD and Sony Ten 3 HD. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Australia and India have gained momentum by winning 3 games each in the limited-overs series. As the action shifts to the longest format, it will be interesting to see which team comes out on top. As rankings stands, Arustralia are the No.1 team in the world.
On the other hand, India are ranked No.3 in the latest ICC Test rankings behind Australia and New Zealand. The opening Test will witness an epic battle between Steve Smith and Virat Kohli. Both the stalwarts are expected to pile up more runs and entertain the fans.
Temperature: 18°C (throughout the 5 days of the Test).
The sky is likely to be covered by the clouds. There are clear possibilities of rain-interruptions during the play.
In what is going to be a treat to the supporters, the Adelaide Oval will see a massive run-fest from both teams since it is usually a batting-friendly wicket. The fast bowlers will benefit from these conditions and the batsmen will have to pass the initial challenge of facing the new ball.
Average 1st innings score:
Record of chasing teams:
Won – 21, Lost– 38, Draw/Tied – 19
Probable Playing XI:
Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (captain/wicket-keeper), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood
Bench: Sean Abbott, James Pattinson, Mitchell Swepson, Cameron Green, Michael Neser
Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav
Bench: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha, Lokesh Rahul, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav
Top picks for Dream11 Team for today’s match:
Indian captain Virat Kohli is a must pick in your dream XI fantasy cricket team. The run-machine is the only cricketer in this era to average in excess of 50 across formats. He scored 7240 runs in 86 Tests including 22 fifties, 27 hundred and 7 double centuries.
Steve Smith is arguably the greatest batsman in Test cricket right now. He is ranked No.1 in ICC Test rankings. His average is quite phenomenal as he has maintained 62.84 in red-ball cricket. He has scored 29 fifties, 26 tons and 3 double tons.
Pat Cummins holds the numero uno spot in ICC bowlers’ rankings. He has accounted for 143 dismissals in just 30 games so far.
India’s world-class bowler Jasprit Bumrah has by far lived up to his expectations. In fact, he is only Indian to make it to the Top 10 of the ICC Men’s Bowling ranking. He earned 68 scalps in 14 Test Matches at an incredible bowling average of 20.34 in Tests.
Captain and Vice-Captain Choices:
Captain – Virat Kohli, Steve Smith
Vice-Captain – Pat Cummins, Marnus Labuchagne, Ajinkya Rahane
Playing XI for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Wicket-Keeper – Tim Paine
Batsmen – Marnus Labuchagne, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw
All-Rounders – Travis Head
Bowlers – Pat Cummins (vc), Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mohammad Shami
Australia vs India 1st Test Match Probable Winners:
India are the favourites to take the opening lead in the Test series.