IND vs AUS: The Australian team will tour India in the month of February-March next year. During this, a series of four Test matches will also be organized between the two teams. In the last few years, there has been tremendous enthusiasm for Test cricket between the two teams. During this tour, both the teams will also be eyeing important points for next year’s World Test Championship. India has dominated Australia in Test cricket in the last few years. In the years 2018 and 2019-20, India had badly trampled Australia in the Border Gavaskar Trophy played in Australia itself. Four different cities can be chosen for the four Test matches to be held in India.
These four cities can get hosting
When the Australian team visits India in February-March next year, Delhi may get a chance to host a Test match after more than five years. Ahmedabad, Dharamsala and Chennai are among the other venues that could be shortlisted to host the remaining three Test matches. The series assumes significance as it will be the last four matches of the second World Test Championship (WTC) cycle for India. In fact, India will have to beat Australia 4-0 to reach the final, which will be extremely challenging for the Rohit Sharma-led side. India and Australia have traditionally played a four-Test series but it will become a five-match series in the International Cricket Council’s next Future Tours Program (FTP) starting in 2024.
According to the rotation formula of the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), Delhi is certain to host the Test match. The last Test match in Delhi was played against Sri Lanka in December 2017. A senior BCCI official told PTI that, “Delhi may get to host the second Test out of the four Test matches.” The schedule of matches will be revealed after the meeting of the tour and program committee. Dharamsala which hosted its only Test match against Australia in March 2017 may get to host the third Test match in the upcoming series.
Australia could start the tour either in Chennai or Hyderabad as Bengaluru hosted the Test match against Sri Lanka earlier this year. It was a day night test match. The fourth and final Test match can be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. It is yet to be decided which of these four Test matches will be a day-night match.