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Team India will play the first Test match of 2023 against Australia from 9 February. The first of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy between Australia and India in Nagpur will start at 9:30 am on Thursday. It is going to be important for both the teams. On one hand, there is pressure on India to reach number one position in the Test rankings. At the same time, Australia would also like to win the series in India after 19 years.
Before moving ahead, see the results of the matches played so far by both the teams…
On 28 November 1948, the first Test match was played between the two teams. Since then, there have been a total of 102 Test matches between Australia and India. Australia won 43, while India won 30 matches. Overall Australia has a better record, but at home the Indians have completely dominated Australia.
See the next graphic between India and Australia head to head in India
India’s strength spin in India
The strength of the Indian team is spin. The spin attack of the team will be handled by Ravichandran Ashwin. He will be accompanied by one of Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav or Akshar Patel. The team is not short of options in spin. Because of this spin track will be seen in Nagpur.
4 pacers also present
In pace bowling, the team has Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav and Jaydev Unadkat. Out of which only two are likely to get a chance in the first test. If the wicket is helpful for spin, then Team India can go with only one spinner. If you look at the past performance, only Shami and Siraj will be seen playing in the first test.
batting dependent on pujara
Looking at batting, Rohit Sharma, the captain of both the heads of the team, has been seen struggling with form and injury in the last 2 years. At the same time, Virat Kohli scored his last Test century against Bangladesh in November 2019. After this, 6 half-centuries came from his bat, but not a century. Rohit has been out of the team for most of the time due to injury, he has played only 2 out of the last 10 matches for India. Cheteshwar Pujara is in good form, he will give strength to the team.
In the absence of Rishabh Pant in wicketkeeping, Ishaan Kishan, who joined the squad for the first time, or KS Bharath, who has been sitting on the bench for a year and a half, may get a chance. Apart from these, T20 aggressive batsman Suryakumar Yadav is also likely to debut. He could be the surprise element against Australia.
Now see the graphic of Team India’s top batsman and bowler at home against Australia
India tour full of challenges for Australia
Playing in Indian conditions has been challenging for Australia. SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia) countries have trouble playing in the spin track here. The Australian team last won a Test series in India in 2004, 2–1. Since then, winning the Test series here for the Australian team is only a dream.
Recently, the team’s vice-captain Steve Smith had said that winning the Test series in India is bigger than winning the Ashes in England.
Now see the graphic of Australia’s top batsmen in India
Batters have no experience of India
In batting, apart from David Warner, Steve Smith and Matt Ranshaw, all the batsmen in the team will be batting in India for the first time. Batting in India will be a big challenge for the team’s star batsman Marnus Labuschagne. Steve Smith has scored 660 runs in India at an average of 60. In 6 matches, he has also scored 3 centuries and a half-century. He can create difficulties for the Indian team.
Australia’s spin attack in bowling will be handled by Nathan Lyon and finger spinner Ashton Agar. Lion is a very experienced bowler. He is Australia’s second most successful bowler in India. Apart from this, Steve Smith can also bowl in the match. He was seen bowling during practice at Alur in Bangalore.
Now see in graphic Australia’s top bowlers in India
It will be sunny in Nagpur on Thursday. The maximum temperature will be up to 33 degrees. There is no possibility of rain. Almost the same weather will be seen on all the five days. Light fog can be seen for half an hour from 9:30 am.
This time turning track is expected. That is, a pitch where spinners can get help from day one. The first Test between the two teams will be played at the Jamtha Stadium. Test cricket is being played here since 2008. In the 6 Tests held so far, the team batting first won 3 times. The team bowling first twice won. At the same time, there was a test match draw.
See here the results of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India…
Possible playing XI of both the teams.
India: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill/Suryakumar Yadav, KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav/Akshar Patel, Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj.
Australia: Pat Cummins (Captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Swepson and Scott Boland.
Squads of both the teams
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, KS Bharat / Ishan Kishan (Wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Suryakumar Yadav.
Australia: Pat Cummins (Captain), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson and David Warner .
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