Australia schedule dates for summer game.
Australia will host India and Afghanistan for Test series, while limited-overs internationals are scheduled
The men’s team will begin their summer with a three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe starting August 9, followed by T20I series against West Indies and India. They play an inaugural Test against Afghanistan in Perth, while Gabba will host the opening match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against India.
Cricket Australia has announced the dates for the four-match Test series against India, along with the limited overs matches, slated for later this year and the schedule includes the first ever day-night Test between the two teams. Australia has been hosting a pink ball Test every year since 2015, but had to make an exception in 2018 when BCCI refused to include it in the schedule.
Kohli’s India succumbed to a 0-2 loss in New Zealand earlier this year and would want to turn the tide in their quest to become the best Test team of the generation.
One man who will pose a huge threat to Kohli and his men is Aussie left arm quick Mitchell Starc. Starc is the most successful bowler in pink ball Tests, having picked up 42 wickets in 7 matches at a sub-20 average. The lanky paceman is really excited about bowling at the Indians in a day-night Test.
In January this year, India captain Virat Kohli had said that he was looking forward to defend the Border-Gavaskar Trophy irrespective of the venue. “Whether it is the Gabba or Perth, it doesn’t matter to us,” he said. “We have the skillsets as a team to compete against anyone in the world anywhere, whether it is white ball, pink ball or red ball. We are absolutely up for it.”
Till date Australia has been victorious in 12 series while India has bagged 9. It is interesting though that India first won a series against the the Aussies in 1979-80. Since then India has won 9 while the Aussies have won 6. It is interesting as majority of this era in global cricket has been dominated by the Aussies.