Australia will kick off their massive series against India on February 9th, with the first Test set to be played at VCA Stadium in Nagpur.
The ground has only ever held sporadic Test matches in its history, with the last red-ball international fixture coming six years ago.
VCA Stadium can hold up to 45,000 spectators and it’s expected there will be plenty of raucous fans turning out for the upcoming clash between the two cricket powerhouses.
Australia will come into the series with three major injury concerns, while the Indian side will be rather settled apart from the absence of big-hitting keeper Rishabh Pant.
Here’s everything you need to know about the first Test in Nagpur.
Have Australia ever won a Test match in Nagpur?
Australia have played just two Test matches at Nagpur in their history, winning one of them back in their successful 2004 series.
Their first Test in Nagpur resulted in a 342-run victory for the visitors, before the Aussies suffered a 172-run loss to India back in 2008. The latter match was perhaps most famous for Jason Krejza taking 12 wickets for 358 runs over the course of the two innings.
South Africa, New Zealand and Australia are the only team to defeat India at Nagpur to date, with the hosts winning six matches and escaping with a further five draws over the years.
The last Test match to be played in Nagpur was in 2017 between India and Sri Lanka.
When is India vs Australia 1st Test?
The first Test between India and Australia will begin on Thursday, February 9th and conclude on Monday, January 13th at VCA Stadium in Nagpur.
Each day will begin at 3pm AEDT and 9.30am IST.
How to watch or live stream India vs Australia
Fox Cricket will broadcast each game live and exclusive in Australia, while Star Sports holds the rights to the series in India.
|TV Channel||Fox Cricket||Star Sports|
|Live Stream||Foxtel Go/Kayo Sports||Disney+ Hotstar|
India vs Australia confirmed lineups
Australia Test squad vs India
Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matt Renshaw, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner
India Test squad vs Australia
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Suryakumar Yadav
India vs Australia 1st Test betting odds
Odds courtesy of TAB, correct as of February 6th.
India are the steady betting favourites for the opening Test against Australia, with the draw the least-favored option.
|India $1.80||Draw $4.20||Australia $3.50|
Steve Smith and Virat Kohli are both at the top of the most runs market, while it’s extremely tight at the top of the most wickets market for the match.
|Most Runs||Most Wickets|
|Virat Kohli $3.60||Nathan Lyon $3.50|
|Steve Smith $3.60||Ravichandran Ashwin $3.60|
|Cheteshwar Pujara $4.20||Pat Cummins $3.60|
|Marnus Labuschagne $4.20||Mohammed Siraj $3.80|
|David Warner $5||Axar Patel $4|
|Rohit Sharma $5||Ashton Agar $4.20|
|KL Rahul $5||Ravindra Jadeja $4.20|
|Shubman Gill $5.50||Mohammed Shami $4.20|
|Usman Khawaja $6||Scott Boland $4.50|
|Suryakumar Yadav $6.50||Mitchell Swepson $4.50|
|Travis Head $7||Todd Murphy $4.50|
|Matt Renshaw $8||Kuldeep Yadav $4.50|