India vs Australia: Australia’s cricket team has set their sights on their upcoming tour of India after their successful home series against South Africa. The Border-Gavaskar Trophy series is set to take place at the BCCI’s redeveloped Ahmedabad stadium, which boasts a massive 132,000 seating capacity, making it the world’s largest stadium. The schedule for the four-match series was confirmed by the BCCI in late 2022.
The Australian team has not toured India in six years, making this a highly anticipated series. The first Test will take place in Nagpur on February 9, followed by matches in Delhi starting on February 17 and Dharamsala on March 1. The final Test will be played in Ahmedabad, reportedly beginning on March 9. This Test could potentially be a day-night match played with a pink ball.
The series is expected to be a tough challenge for both teams, as India has historically been a challenging place for visiting teams to play. Australia will have to contend with India’s spin-friendly pitches, as well as the team’s world-class spin bowlers. The home team, meanwhile, will face a formidable Australian side that boasts some of the world’s best batsmen and fast bowlers.
The redeveloped Ahmedabad stadium is a fitting venue for the series, with its massive capacity and state-of-the-art facilities. The stadium has previously hosted high-profile events, including the “Namaste Trump” rally and the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) final. The potential for a day-night Test with a pink ball also adds an exciting element to the series, making it an event that cricket fans around the world will be eagerly anticipating.
Traveling to India can be a challenging experience for visiting countries as they struggle to adapt to the ground, pitch, and weather conditions. India has proven to be a difficult place to win matches as their record suggests. Out of their most recent 43 home Tests, they have only lost two. The difficulty of playing overseas has been recognized by former Australian captain Allan Border, who agrees that teams find it tough to adjust to the conditions, having little time to prepare for the series.
One of the significant challenges of touring India is adjusting to the ground conditions. The pitches in India are notorious for their spin and turn, which can pose a challenge for visiting teams that have little experience in playing on such surfaces. The climate is also a factor that can impact a team’s performance, with the intense heat and humidity being a significant issue for players who are not used to such conditions.
Australia, who last beat India in the 2014/15 series in Australia, has struggled overseas in recent years. The team will have no warm-up matches heading into the series, which can pose a challenge for them. With the current form of the Indian team, it will not be an easy task for Australia to come out victorious. India has retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for nearly six years, including two away wins against Australia.
The spin bowling attack of the Indian team is one of their strengths, especially on home turf. Ashton Agar is expected to be named in the team, given the success of spin bowling on Indian pitches. The selectors are likely to pick two spinners and two seamers, with Agar likely to get the nod alongside Nathan Lyon. India is hoping to have Jasprit Bumrah leading the seam attack, with Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, and Navdeep Saini in contention for the other main seam option.
Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are expected to feature prominently throughout the series as the two front-line spinners. The Australian team will need to be cautious while playing against them, as they have proven to be a formidable combination in the past. The last time Australia won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from India was in 2004/2005, with a 2-1 win.