Cricket Australia is finalising its summer fixture, which according to reports will begin with Afghanistan’s tour of Australia followed by India tour of Australia. Now Cricket.com.au, a division of Cricket Australia, has reported that the board has finalised the venues where the four match India tour of Australia will be hosted.
Series to set off at Gaba
The four match test series, also known as Border-Gavaskar Trophy, is scheduled to begin from December 3. With the inaugural match played at Brisbane after India bypassed the Western Australia Cricket Association’s cricket ground at Perth.
Notably, Aussie players are also keen to start their battle against India from Gaba, a venue which favours the team most. Australia’s recent record at the Gabba is the longest active unbeaten streak in Test cricket at a single venue, one that has now reached an impressive 31 matches dating back to 1988, when Australia lost to the great West Indies side of that time.
While Team Paine had already expressed his desire to start the season from Gaba, Indian Skipper Virat Kohli said that his team is capable of competing at any cricket ground, be it Perth or Gaba.
India’s first away Day-night Test
India’s second and first ever away pink-ball test will be hosted by Adelaide scheduled to be played between December 11-15. Like Gaba’s illustrious record, Australia also has an undefeated record in its seven pink ball tests.
Australia’s most successful pink-ball wicket taker, Mitchell Starc when asked about the undefeated record, said that it might come into a home-ground advantage , which is no different to them going to India and they’ve got the advantage there.
He also added that a pink ball contest between the two countries will be great thing for fans across the world.
The other two venues that would host India for the Border-Gavaskar trophy will be at Melbourne Cricket Ground and Sydney Cricket Ground. MCG will host the third test which will be starting on Boxing Day while Sydney Cricket Ground will host the test on New year starting from January 3.