Fresh off a disappointing tour of the UK, India face another big task as they head down under for the 2018/19 summer of cricket. Australia have never lost a home Test series to the Asian giants, but can they get the job done without disgraced stars Steve Smith and David Warner?
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2018/19 Australia vs. India fixtures
All start times listed in AEDT
6:50pm Wednesday, November 21 at Brisbane
7:50pm Friday, November 23 at Melbourne
7:50pm Sunday, November 25 at Sydney
12pm Thursday, December 6 at Adelaide
1:20pm Friday, December 14 at Perth
11:30am Wednesday, December 26 at Melbourne
11:30am Thursday, January 3 at Sydney
One Day Internationals
2:20pm Saturday, January 12 at Sydney
3:20pm Tuesday, January 15 at Adelaide
2:20pm Friday, January 18 at Melbourne
Players to watch
Now vice-captain of the Test team, the younger of the Marsh brothers is coming into his own at last on the international stage. Australia will need their leaders to step up this summer, so this is an excellent opportunity for Mitch to nail down a spot in the middle order and showcase his all-round quality.
We all know Virat Kohli is India’s top bat, but the big question is whether anyone can hang around around with him. Rahane enjoyed some success on his last visit to Australia and was one of the few who turned up on multiple occasions when the Indians crumbled in England earlier this year.
Once viewed as little more than a stop-gap until Australia’s next great spinner emerged, Lyon is now a genuine weapon on all surfaces. Kohli and the Indian top order will no doubt target the unassuming offy, which should lead to some entertaining cricket and plenty of wicket-taking opportunities.
Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami may have taken more wickets, but Bumrah was arguably the most impressive of the Indian seamers on the recent tour of England. Bowlers who strive for consistent line and length tend to fare well in Australia, and that’s what this guy is all about.
In 2017, Australia backed up from a disappointing Test tour of Bangladesh to play five ODIs and three T20s in India. Despite some strong individual efforts from the Aussies, the hosts romped to a 4-1 win in the 50-over games. The Twenty20 series was halved, with the final match abandoned due to bad weather.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Thursday, September 28, 2017
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur
Saturday, October 7, 2017
JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
Friday, October 13, 2017
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
Virat Kohli might be the king of Indian cricket, but it was Rohit who ruled on this occasion. The big-hitting Nagpur native blasted 296 runs at 59.20 in the ODI games, the highlight of which was a powerful 125 in the final leg of the series.
Both of Australia’s opening bats were excellent in the 50-over games, but it was Finch who edged the run count with 250 at 83.33 an innings. Most impressive of all, the Victorian played only three of the five games after returning from an injury layoff.
Kuldeep’s performance in this series showcased the impressive depth of India’s spin bowling options. The young leggy produced some genuine flight and turn to capture seven wickets in his four appearances.
With efforts like these, it is little wonder Coulter-Nile always comes into the selection equation when fit. The West Australian quick topped the charts with 10 wickets in the ODI games and another two in the T20 matches.