After shutting off all the speculations, Cricket Australia has confirmed the India tour of Australia starting October this year. The series consists of four Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is. The Cricket Australia(CA) announced that they are expecting a safe and successful summer of cricket, with lots of thrill after the Corona Pandemic.
“The anticipated arrival of superpower India to play the Australian men’s teams across all formats, as well as the return of Australia’s all-conquering Women’s team, are among the highlights scheduled for this summer,” The CA release said.
No More Speculations!
The Indian team is starting the tour with three-match T20 series between October 11 and 17. India starting the much-anticipated test match series from December 3. The first test will be played in Brisbane Cricket ground whereas the second test will be a day nigh test. The Adelaide Oval will host the only “Pink ball test” on December 11-15. Melbourne (MCG) will host the “Boxing-day test” on December 26-30. On January, 3-7, the fourth Test will be played in Sydney Cricket Ground.
What CA says:
As the tournament will be a tough one for both the teams, Kevin Roberts said,” The Australian men’s team recently claimed the No. 1 Test ranking after India had held the top spot for almost four years. The Border-Gavaskar series is one of the international sport’s great rivalries and this will no doubt be another enthralling chapter.”
“ While acknowledging the difficulty in navigating a global pandemic, we are nonetheless encouraged by the progress Australia is making in combatting the coronavirus and the positive impact that is having on our ability to host an exciting summer of cricket in 2020-21. We know that circumstances or events beyond our control could mean that the final schedule potentially may look different to the one released today, but we’ll be doing everything we can to get as much international cricket in as possible this summer. We will communicate any changes to the schedule if or when they are required,” he stated keeping in mind the pandemic.
The complete schedule of India tour:
Gillette Men’s T20I Series against India
- Australia v India at the Gabba, Brisbane (October 11)
- Australia v India at Manuka Oval, Canberra (October 14)
- Australia v India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (October 17)
Men’s Test Series against India
- Australia v India at the Gabba, Brisbane (December 3- 7)
- Australia v India at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (December 11 – 15)
- Boxing Day Test, Australia v India at the MCG, Melbourne (December 26 – 30)
- Pink Test, Australia v India at the SCG, Sydney (January 3 – 7)
CommBank Women’s ODI Series against India
- Australia v India at Manuka Oval, Canberra (January 22)
- Australia v India at Junction Oval, St Kilda (January 25)
- Australia v India at Blundstone Arena, Hobart (January 28)
Gillette Men’s ODI Series against India
- Australia v India at Perth Stadium, Perth (January 12)
- Australia v India at the MCG, Melbourne (January 15)
- Australia v India at the SCG, Sydney (January 17)
Though the Australian cricket team plays like a lion in their country, the Indian team lead by Captain Kohli defeated them in 2018 in their homeland Australia, in the absence of their two main players, Steve Smith and David Warner. This will be the chance for the Australian team to take revenge, whereas on the other hand, in the India Tour of Australia 2020, Team India will also get a chance to prove that the 2018 win was not a fluke but a great team effort by a great team. Nonetheless, the cricket fans will finally get a splendid taste of world-class cricket after the pandemic as most of the matches were canceled previously.