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Team India is all set to play its first overseas pink-ball Test at Adelaide in December on their tour of Australia. The first match of the four-match series will be played at the Gabba, Brisbane, which has always hosted the first match of the Australian summer. However, India had not played any Test match at the Gabba on the previous tour of 2018-19. In fact, Australia has lost a Test in Brisbane since 1988.
Kevin Roberts, Cricket Australia’s CEO had recently said that there are 90% chances of India coming to tour Australia. BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal had also confirmed that the players are ready to quarantine themselves for the tour Down Under.
India would look to replicate their success in Australia.
On the other hand, India had turned down Cricket Australia’s request to play a Day-Night Test on the previous tour. The Indian captain Virat Kohli had stated that they wanted to play a pink-ball Test in their own conditions before playing in foreign conditions.
India played their maiden pink-ball Test against Bangladesh in October 2019 at the iconic Eden Gardens, which the hosts won by an innings and 46 runs. Subsequently, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly confirmed in February that they are ready to play a pink-ball Test in Australia later in the year.
On the other hand, Australia has an impressive record in the pink-ball Tests as they have won all the seven matches.
Meanwhile, Australia may begin the Test season against Afghanistan at the WACA, Perth. This will be the first time when Australia will lock horns with Afghanistan in a Test match.
Cricket Australia is expected to confirm its tentative schedule for the 2020-21 season by the end of the ongoing week. However, there will be a lot of uncertainty due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Thus, things will get clear in the next few months and a lot will depend on the virus situation.
Australia can also travel to England for a limited-over series in September.