The much-awaited Test series between India and Australia is all set to commence from December 17 (Thursday) with the pink-ball contest at the Adelaide Oval. All eyes will be on the next few days as two of the best teams lock horns and we bring the match prediction from the first tie.
Virat Kohli’s India created history when they toured Australia two years ago, claiming the four-match series 2-1 to register the country’s first Test series victory Down Under. Not much has changed in terms of the visiting team’s credentials this time around, but Australia look a lot more formidable, specifically in the batting department.
The presence of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne will add depth in the batting despite the absence of David Warner owing to injury. Australia’s top-order is their only weak link which boasts struggling Joe Burns and revamped opener Matthew Wade. The first Test at Adelaide also presents India the challenge of playing their first day/night Test on overseas soil. With the likes of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon, the challenge will be further amplified.
On the other hand, Virat Kohli & Co have already revealed their playing XI for the first Test and the absence of Shubman Gill which raised a few eyeballs. The onus will be on Cheteshwar Pujara, who finished as the highest run-scorer in 2018-19. Skipper Virat Kohli, who will only play the first Test before returning to India to be with his wife, will be keen to make a big score and give his side head stead for the rest of the series.
Meanwhile, the contest will acquire more importance in the backdrop of the ICC World Test Championship. Australia and India currently occupy the top two spots on the points table, but New Zealand, who just registered a clean sweep against West Indies, are threatening to dislodge India.
Australia vs India 2020, 1st Test starting from December 17 (Thursday) at the Adelaide Cricket Ground from 9:30 AM IST
Australia, so far, have played seven day-night Tests so far and have won all of them including four in Adelaide. On the other hand, India have played just one pink-ball Test so far which was against Bangladesh last year.
A full-strength India side registered their first series victory on Australian soil with wins in Adelaide and Melbourne in 2018/19. However, the home side will be the firm favourites to make a winning start in the series and take 1-0 lead in the series.