The month of December will see the rivalry between India and Australia resume with the Indian team touring down under for a full-length tour. Both teams will play four Test matches along with ODIs and T20Is as well, with the first one being a day-night Test in Adelaide. Meanwhile, former Australian skipper Allan Border is unhappy with the dates of the New Year’s Test being rescheduled.
The first of the four Tests will be played in Adelaide from December 17 to 21. Melbourne will host the Boxing Day Test from December 26-30. Sydney will host the third (January 7-11) and Brisbane (January 15-19) the fourth and final Test match.
This will be the second day-night Test match for No.1 Test team after they played their first against Bangladesh in Kolkata last year. The tour of Australia will be their first cricketing assignment post the pandemic.
Allan Border Unhappy With BCCI’s Request to Change Dates For New Year’s Test
Meanwhile, former Australian skipper Allan Border is upset with BCCI‘s request to change the date for the New Year’s Test. As per reports, the BCCI has requested Cricket Australia to change the date of the third Test From January 3 to 7.
He said that Boxing Day and the New Years’s test are an example of the rich tradition and culture of Australian cricket and hence non-negotiable.
“I don’t think it should be a negotiated scenario. It works a treat through that Christmas-New Year period and I wouldn’t be comfortable with it moving just because India want a couple more days off. I think they’re just playing mind games,” Allan Border said while speaking to Fox Sports.
Allan Border further requested Cricket Australia to not accept BCCI’s request and bow down to it. He said that BCCI is showing their powers of being the richest cricket board in the world.
“You can negotiate as much as you like but these are traditional dates that everyone knows have been in the calendar forever, so to start negotiating now… it’s a tough one. I wouldn’t be bowing down to it – we’ve got traditional dates, let’s stick with them” Border concluded saying.
Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to win a test series in Australia when the team went down under in 2019-20.