India is set to start its tour to Australia with a three-match ODI series beginning on Friday, November 27, followed by as many T20Is and four Tests.
While the ODIs will be a part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League, the Tests will count towards ICC World Test Championship points.
After the quarantine protocol period, the ODI will get underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground — November 27 and 29, with the final ODI game at the Manuka Oval in Canberra — December 2.
The series will be India’s first outing in the CWC Super League competition.
It will be Australia’s first ODIs since they defeated world champions England on their own turf 2-1.
India will be looking to maintain its lead over their rival in the 50-over format. They currently enjoy a 12-10 win-loss record against the host Australia over the past five years.
In the T20Is, Australia is currently ranked at number 1 in the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s T20I Team Rankings, and no doubt will be seeking to block any move to be unseated from their perch.
The T20Is games will be played in Canberra on December 4 and Sydney on December 6 and 8 December.
Both teams will be assessing their strengths as they look forward to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup scheduled for next year.
The teams will also be seeking to find out which can lift the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the end of the ICC World Test Championship.
The first Test will be a day/night affair between December 17 and 21 at the Adelaide Oval.
It will be India’s first away day/night Test, thus making the contest a momentous one.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground will be the venue for the Boxing Day Test Affair, which will start on December 26 and end on December 30.
The team will next be in action at the Sydney Cricket Ground for the start of the new year, between January 7 and 11.
The series will culminate at the Gabba starting January 15 and ending on the 19th.
India currently sits atop of the World Test Championship table and Australia in second.
The series could easily be dubbed the Champion of Champions and should be an exciting contest.
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