As Team India will be playing a 4 match Test Series against Australia starting mostly from 9th December, lets take a look at the History of India vs Australia Tests in Australia. India so far has never won a Test series in Australia. Out of the 40 Tests they have played in Australia , they have managed to win only five and have lost 26 and drawn nine. Here is a look at India’s performance Series by Series in Tests Down Under from 1947 to 1986.
1947-48 (Australia 4, India 0, Draw 1)
In their first Test series on the Aussie soil, India played their first Match at Brisbane and suffered an innings-and-226-run defeat. Don Bradman’s 185 helped Australia to reach to a total of 382/5 in the first innings. The pitch gradually changed its behavior after rain and Ernie Toshack exploited it to the hilt by claiming 11 scalps in the match in which India were bowled out for 58 and 98. In Sydney(2nd Test), India managed to bowl out Australia for 107 after Dattu Phadkar’s 51 helped them to 188 in the first innings. In their second innings , they were reduced to 61/7 but the weather ensured the Test ended in a draw.
In Melbourne, the third Test of the series, Ian Johnston finished with eight wickets in the match after Don Bradman had scored a century in each of the innings, giving India a 233-run defeat. From India, only Vinoo Mankad put up a performance which was noteworthy, he scored a century and picked up four wickets. In Adelaide(4th Test), Sidney Barnes (112), Bradman (201) and Lindsay Hassett (198*) helped Australia to make 674 while batting first. India were bowled out for 381 in their First innings and were again bowled out for 277 after following on,and hence losing by an innings and 16 runs. In the fifth Test which was played in Melbourne, Australia registered an innings victory once again as they bowled out India for 331 and 67, after Neil Harvey’s 153 had helped them to put up 575/8(declared) in the first innings.
1967-68 (Australia 4, India 0, Draw 0)
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi the captain of the Team was injured and in place of him Chandu Borde led India in the first Test at Adelaide Oval. Syed Abid Ali took 6/55 as Australia were bundled out for 335 in the first innings, and in reply India posted 307. They were set 398 to win but David Renneberg’s 5/39 ensured a 146-run victory for the Aussies. Pataudi came back in the second Test and scored handy 75 in India’s total of 173 in the first innings. Bob Simpson, Ian Chappell and Bill Lawry recorded centuries helping Australia post 529. Trailing by 356 runs, India fell four runs short and suffered another big innings defeat.
ML Jaisimha impressed with 74 in the first innings and a fighting hundred in the second innings in India’s 39-run defeat in the third Test which was played at Brisbane. Doug Walters had scored an unbeaten 94 in Australia’s 317 in the first innings in Sydney; India in reply were all out for 268. Bob Cowper scored 155 for the Aussies to set India a target of 342. India lost their final four wickets at the addition of just four runs on the fifth day and were bowled out for 197 to lose the Test by 144 runs.
1977-78 (Australia 3, India 2, Draw 0)
Perhaps, one of the best series that team India has managed to put up in Australia, the first Test was played at Brisbane in which Bishan Singh Bedi’s 5/55 helped in restricting Australia to a score of 166 but Team India replied with 153. Bedi was wicketless in the second innings while Bob Simpson took Australia to 327, and then Sunil Gavaskar’s century brought India close to victory. The Indians were eventually bowled out for 324, losing the Test by just 16 runs. India also gave a tough fight in the next Test in Perth but couldn’t prevent a two-wicket defeat.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground became the venue of India’s first Test win in Australia as they won by a huge margin of 222 runs. India recovered from two down without a run to put on 256 and then a century from Gavaskar took them to 343 in the second innings of the game. BS Chandrasekhar had picked up 12 wickets in the match, while Bedi had picked up six wickets to bowl Australia out for 213 and 164. The strong performance from the spinners continued as they led India to an innings victory in the Sydney Test as the tourists drew level (2-2) in the series. In the final Test played at Adelaide Oval, India had nearly chased down a record target of 493 runs to win the Test. However, they were 47 runs short after being bowled out for 445.
1980-81 (Australia 1, India 1,Draw 1)
In Indaia’s 4th Tour to Australia, the First match was played at Sydney in which Australia put up 406 in their first innings thanks to 204 from Greg Chappell. India were bowled out for 201 runs in each of their innings, as Australia won by an innings and four runs.In the Second Test thanks to Kharsan Gharvi and Shivlal Yadav, India were able to hold on for a draw as the duo survived 56 deliveries, after India were reduced to 135/8, chasing a target of 331. The third Test turned out to be a goodone for the Indian team, India won it by 59 runs, but not before their captain Gavaskar disagreed with an lbw decision in the second innings indicating he had edged the ball. Australia were bundled out for 83 in the Second Innings, thanks to Kapil Dev’s 5/28. India were able to draw the 3 match seres 1-1.
1985-86 (Australia 0, India 0, Draw 3)
This series was a run feast where neither of the teams were able to win any of the matches. In the first Test, Australia were able to put on 381, despite kapil Dev’s 8 wicket haul. David Boon and Greg Ritchie had scored centuries for the Australian Team, in reply Sunil Gavaskar retired after scoring a fine 166 and India managed to score 520 with the Test ending in a draw. India performed well in the Second Test as they scored 445 in their first innings after dismissing the Aussies for 262. In the second innings Allan Border scored 162 as Australia had set India a target of 126 to win on the final day of the test match, but the weather played a spoil for the Indian Team when they were going good and were restricted to 59/2. In the Third Test, thanks to centuries from Sunil Gavaskar, Mohinder Amarnath and Kris Srikkanth India were able to post a total of 600/4. David Boon and Geoff Marsh had put up 217 for the opening stand before Australia were bowled out for 396, After becoming unable to avoid the follow on, Australia were batting again and were 119/6 before the match ended in a Draw.