India vs Australia 1st Test: With just one day to go, for the 1st Test between India and Australia, things have set up perfectly for yet another Indian roller-coaster ride; with Virat Kohli and co. vying for one more Test series victory; reclaiming the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from the Kangaroos.
India vs Australia 1st Test: With just one day to go, for the 1st Test between India and Australia, things have set up perfectly for yet another Indian roller-coaster ride; with Virat Kohli and co. vying for one more Test series victory; reclaiming the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from the Kangaroos. This Test series will also culminate India’s ‘grand home season’. Looking by the form Team India is undoubtedly the favourites to avenge the Test series defeat Down Under 0-2; when Virat Kohli took over the reigns of Test captaincy from MS Dhoni, in December, 2015.
After coming under attack for preparing rank-turners in the past, pitch curators rolled out decent wickets during the England series and one-off Test against Bangladesh. It will be interesting to see how the Aussie seamers bowl on the new tracks of Pune, Ranchi and Dharamshala.
Despite that, leaving no stones unturned, the Australian selectors have selected four spinners in the 16-man Test squad, in an expectation to improve their dismal Test record in the sub-continent. Aussies last won a Test series in India back in 2004 under Ricky Ponting.
Taking a look on the hosts, everything looks near perfect in all three departments. The batting is spearheaded by the in-form captain Virat Kohli, ably supported by Murali Vijay, Cheteswar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and others. The bowling responsibilities will be headed by R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. The pacers are also in good form.
When is the match?
The 1st Test begins on February 23 and is slated to end on February 27.
Where can you watch the watch?
The Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be broadcasted live on Star Sports 1 (English) and Star Sports 3 (Hindi). It will also be streamed live on hotstar.com. You can also get all live updates and scores on FinancialExpress.com.
When will the first Test match begin?
The match will start at 9:30 AM (IST).
Where will the match be played?
The 1st Test will be played at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium in Pune.
India: Virat Kohli (Captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund & Hardik Pandya
Australia: Steve Smith (Capt), David Warner, Matthew Renshaw, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (WK), Steve O’Keefe, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Ashton Agar, Usman Khawaja, Jackson Bird, Mitchell Swepson, Glenn Maxwell.