Final itinerary for Indian cricket team’s tour of Australia

By Kersi Meher-Homji

Finally, Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed  the  correct dates for the  eagerly anticipated  Vodafone Test series, Dettol One Day International (ODI) Series and Dettol Twenty20 International (T20I) Series between the Australian and Indian teams.

The eagerly awaited Border ”“ Gavaskar Trophy for Tests between Australia and India is awaited more than even the Ashes series between Australia and England. Especially after India beat Australia for the first time in Australia in 2018-19.

But that was when Steve Smith and David Warner were banned from Test cricket. So here is a big challenge for Virat Kohli’s confident squad.

The battle for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will begin with a day-night encounter at the Adelaide Oval on December 17, followed by Tests at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (December 26), the Sydney Cricket Ground  (January 7)  and the Gabba, Brisbane (January 15).

The Adelaide fixture will be the first day-night Test played between the Australian and Indian teams, adding historic significance to a series between two of cricket’s greatest rivals.

Neither side has lost a day-night Test previously, with the Australian men’s team winning all four twilight Tests in Adelaide against New Zealand, South Africa, England and Pakistan, and India winning its only encounter at Eden Gardens versus Bangladesh in 2019.

To quote CA’s Kristene Reynolds, “The Australian team is currently ranked No. 1 on the International Cricket Council’s Test standings, however India will be buoyed by the knowledge it has won three of the previous four series against Australia, including a first ever series win on Australian soil in 2018-19.”

The men’s international summer will commence with the three-match Dettol ODI  Series at the Sydney Cricket Ground (November 27, 29) and Manuka Oval, Canberra (December 2). That will be followed by the three-match Dettol T20I Series at Manuka Oval, Canberra (December 4) and the Sydney Cricket Ground (December 6, 8).

Both white ball series will be keenly contested. The Australian team is fresh from an away ODI series win over world champions England, while India holds a slight edge over its rival in the 50-over format with a 12-10 win-loss record against Australia over the past five years.

The Australian team is currently ranked No. 1 in the world in the ICC’s T20I rankings and posted a thrilling 2-0 away series win over India last year. India, however, holds a 5-4 win-loss advantage over Australia in its past ten T20I matches.

Nick Hockley, CA’s Interim Chief Executive Officer, thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for working constructively with Cricket Australia despite the challenging coronavirus pandemic.

“Across all three formats, Australia and India represents one of the great rivalries in world sport and we are delighted to welcome Virat Kohli’s outstanding squad to Australian shores this summer,” Hockley said.

“We have worked closely with the BCCI for many months to bring this tour to life, and I cannot speak more highly of the professional, thorough and collaborative manner with which they have approached this tour in these extraordinary and complex times.

“I would like to express my gratitude to everyone at the BCCI for the faith and support they have shown in the plan we have developed, which we believe will result in a safe and successful summer for all involved.

“We would also like to especially thank the  NSW Government  for allowing players from both teams to safely prepare during quarantine, as well as other governments and health authorities who have worked with us to host a series which, I have no doubt, will live long in the memories of all who experience it.

“I would also like to thank everyone across Australian Cricket and our valued partners for working tirelessly to navigate through the challenges to deliver a schedule that will bring joy and excitement to hundreds of millions of fans at home and abroad.

“The safety of the Australian community and all participants is our highest priority and we will continue to work with governments across Australia to ensure the schedule proceeds in line with relevant directions and biosecurity protocols. In relation to the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, we are working with the Victorian Government and the Melbourne Cricket Club on plans to safely host spectators at the iconic event with details to be confirmed in due course.”

NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney,  Stuart Ayres added:  “The NSW Government is pleased to support Cricket Australia and ensure that Australians get to see a Summer of cricket.”

NSW Acting Minister for Sport, Geoff Lee said: “We can’t wait to host one of the world’s best teams for a terrific summer of cricket with the SCG ready to host the third test in January. NSW loves its cricket and we are so pleased we could work hand in hand with Cricket Australia to make this series happen.”

In addition to the international fixtures, CA can also confirm dates for tour matches ahead of the Vodafone Test series. India A will take on Australia A  at  Drummoyne Oval (December 6-8),  and India will play Australia A in a day-night match at the Sydney Cricket  Ground (December 11-13).

India’s squad will arrive in Sydney on November 12 subject to Australian Border Force travel authorisation and the appropriate departure-approvals. The team will quarantine in  Sydney  prior to the first match of the series on November 27.

Dettol ODI Series v India

First ODI: Friday, November 27 ”“ Sydney Cricket Ground  (Day-Night)

Second ODI:  Sunday, November 29 ”“ Sydney Cricket Ground  (Day-Night)

Third ODI:  Wednesday, December 2 ”“ Manuka Oval, Canberra  (Day-Night)

Dettol T20 INTL Series v India

First T20: Friday, December 4 ”“ Manuka Oval, Canberra  (Night)

Second T20: Sunday, December 6 ”“ Sydney Cricket Ground  (Night)

Third T20: Tuesday, December 8 ”“ Sydney Cricket Ground  (Night)

Vodafone Test Series v India

First Test: December 17-21 ”“ Adelaide Oval (Day-Night)

Second Test: December 26-30 ”“ Melbourne Cricket Ground

Third Test: January  7-11  ”“ Sydney Cricket Ground

Fourth Test: January 15-19 ”“ The Gabba, Brisbane

CA added, “The matches and travel remain subject to any relevant government restrictions or requirements.”


I cannot wait to see currently the world’s best two cricket teams competing with each other. Can you?

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