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India vs. Australia 2017 Test series

Border Gavaskar Trophy
The last time Australia toured India, they were outclassed on every level and sent home with their tails between their legs. They return in February 2017 with a new captain, a new-look batting order and perhaps a newfound confidence after rolling Pakistan in straight sets at home, but can they hang in enemy territory against an in-form outfit that has not lost a Test since August 2015?

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2017 Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test fixtures

First Test
Thursday, February 23, 2017
MCA Stadium, Pune

Second Test
Saturday, March 4, 2017
M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

Third Test
Thursday, March 16, 2017
JSCA International Stadium, Ranchi

Fourth Test
Saturday, March 25, 2017
HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala

Players to watch

Virat Kohli – India’s young skipper holds the quite remarkable distinction of being the only cricketer who averages over 50 runs per innings in Test matches, One Day Internationals and T20 Internationals. He was devastating when England toured the subcontinent in late 2016, stroking 655 runs in five Tests at an average of 109.16. Man of the series, top runscorer, highest individual score – get on ‘King Kohli’ for whatever market you can.

Peter Handscomb – Everyone knows Steven Smith and David Warner are Australia’s danger men in the top order, but who will step up to support them? Handscomb has enjoyed a ludicrously fruitful beginning to his international career, knocking two centuries and two half-tonnes in four Tests. In fact, he is yet to be dismissed for less than 50. The 25-year-old Victorian is regarded as a particularly fine player of spin – a reputation that will be well and truly put to the Test on this tour.

Ravichandran Ashwin – Nobody came close to Ashwin’s tally of 72 wickets in Test cricket in 2016. Those scalps came at an average of 23.9, a strike rate of 48.7 and an economy rate of 2.94 per over – all outstanding numbers for a finger spinner. Better still, the Chennai native popped 612 runs at 43.7 to rank among India’s best bats for the calendar year as well. With the possible exception of England’s Ben Stokes, there isn’t a better allrounder in Test cricket right now – especially in home conditions.

Mitchell Starc – Australia’s tall left-arm quick looked a little short of his fiery best throughout the home Test summer. But while Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird are fine seam-up bowlers on bouncy tracks, Starc is the one who can produce the raw pace and late swing required to worry good players on flat, dusty pitches. He was exceptional in similar conditions on Australia’s otherwise terrible tour of Sri Lanka, so give him a good look in the series wicket-taker stakes.

Australia Test record in India

Played: 46

India wins: 19

Australia wins: 12

Draws: 15 (one tie)

Series results

1956-57: Australia 2-0

1959-60: Australia 2-1

1964-65: Draw 1-1

1969-70: Australia 3-1

1979-80: India 2-0

1986-87: Draw 0-0

1996-97: India 1-0

1997-98: India 2-1

2000-01: India 2-1

2004-05: Australia 2-1

2008-09: India 2-0

2010-11: India 2-0

2012-13: India 4-0

2017 India vs. Australia series betting

All markets provided by Sportsbet.com.au (3/2/2017)

Series result

India – $1.11
Draw – $9
Australia – $11

Correct series score

India 4-0 – $3.25
India 3-0 – $3.50
India 3-1 – $4.33
India 2-1 – $6
India 2-0 – $13
India 1-0 – $67

Draw 2-2 – $15
Draw 1-1 – $21
Draw 0-0 – $267

Australia 1-0 – $101
Australia 2-0 – $81
Australia 2-1 – $13
Australia 3-1 – $41
Australia 3-0 – $101
Australia 4-0 – $101

Top series runscorer

Virat Kohli – +300
Steve Smith – $6.50
David Warner – $7
Cheteshwar Pujara – $8
Ajinkya Rahane – $10
Murali Vijay – $10
Usman Khawaja – $11
Peter Handscomb – $13
Matt Renshaw – $13
Lokesh Rahul – $18
Karun Nair – $21
Gautam Gambhir – $23
Shaun Marsh – $23
Abhinav Mukund – $23
Glenn Maxwell – $36
Parthiv Patel – $41

(Others quoted)

Top India wicket-taker

Ravichandran Ashwin – $2
Ravindra Jajeda – $3.50
Ishant Sharma – $10
Umesh Yadav – $13
Amit Mishra – $15
Mohammed Shami – $15
Jayant Yadav – $15
Bhuvneshwar Kumar – $26
Hardik Pandya – $26

Top Australia wicket-taker

Mitchell Starc – $3
Nathan Lyon – $3.50
Josh Hazlewood – +275
Steve O’Keefe – $4.50
Ashton Agar – $11
Jackson Bird – $13
Mitch Swepson – $13
Glenn Maxwell – $21
Mitchell Marsh – $34
Steve Smith – $101

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