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Australia vs India 2020-21: 5 Indian Players Who Can Win Man Of The Series Award In Test Series

The much-awaited four-match Test series between the hosts Australia and the visitors India will begin on 17th December with the only day/night pink-ball Test of the series at Adelaide Oval (Adelaide).

When the Indian team previously toured in Australia in 2018/19 summer, Virat Kohli-led Indian team created history by winning the Test series by 2-1 margin, which was India’s first-ever Test series victory in Australia.

While the Indian cricket fans are again dreaming for another memorable Test series in Down Under, one of their big setbacks is the absence of captain Virat Kohli in the last three Tests of this tour due to paternity leave. However, the visitors still have some powerful cricketers who can change the fate of this upcoming series.

Here we are talking about the top five Indian players who can win the Man of the Series award in the upcoming Test series against the hosts Australia

Rishabh Pant

Australia vs India 2020-21: 5 Indian Players Who Can Win Man Of The Series Award In Test Series 1

The 23-year-old wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant hasn’t confirmed his place in any format of the national team yet, so his appearance in the upcoming Test series is still unsure. But the youngster can play a crucial role for the visitors in the Test series, and he has already proven it during India’s last tour in Australia, where the left-handed batsman was the second most run-scorer in the four-match Test series by scoring 350 runs in seven innings with an average of 58.33. He is still the only Indian wicket-keeper batsman to hit a Test century in Australia as he scored 159 not out during the Sydney Test.

Currently, Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant are fighting for the wicket-keeper spot in the Indian Test team. In the recent warm-up games against Australia A, though Saha played one 54 not out knock, the right-handed wicket-keeper batsman also scored two ducks. Meanwhile, in the recent day/night pink-ball warm-up game, Pant smashed a century in the second innings as the left-handed batsman scored 103 not out after getting out for 5 runs in the first innings of that match.

While captain Virat Kohli will miss the last three games of the upcoming Test series, the Indian team may require a long batting line-up. Talking about the lower-middle-order batting, Pant can be a better choice than Saha in the current situation. Also, while the present Indian Test team has a lack of left-handed batsman, except the recovering Ravindra Jadeja, Pant has the advantage than Saha in this place.

Josh Hazlewood (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Josh Hazlewood Opens Up Their Mindset To Handle Indian Batsmen In The Upcoming Test Series

The much-awaited four-match Test series between the hosts Australia and the visitors India will begin in less than a week. Ahead of this most exciting series, Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood opened up their mindset to handle the Indian batsmen in the Test series.

Ahead of the Test series between Australia and India, while the hosts Australia won the ODI series by 2-1, the visitors India won the T20I series by the same 2-1 margin. The four-match Test series will begin on this Thursday (17th December) with the only day/night pink-ball Test match of this tour (at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide).

During India’s previous Australia tour in 2018/19 season, the visitors Indian team first time won the Test and ODI bilateral series in Australia (both series won by 2-1 margins each). While then struggling Australian team fought well in the first two Tests (lost the 1st Test by 31 runs and won the 2nd Test by 146 runs), they failed to perform competitively in the last two Tests (lost the 3rd Test by 137 runs and drew the 4th Test). Talking about this, Josh Hazlewood pointed out the lack of enough rest was one of the crucial reasons why Aussie players struggle at the end of that Test series.

Josh Hazlewood, Indian batsmen
Josh Hazlewood (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Hazlewood claimed, “I think what you probably saw was the bowlers not getting enough rest in between innings and (Cheteshwar) Pujara faced a lot of balls and I guess in a long series, that’s the batsman’s goal, one to score runs and to win that Test and to keep that frontline attack out on the field for as long as possible and obviously get the benefits of that later in the series which is what exactly happened last time around.” 

Cheteshwar Pujara was one of the big reasons why India won the last Test series in Australia as he batted extraordinarily in that entire series. The patient right-handed batsman scored 521 runs in that Test series and unsurprisingly won the Player of the Series award for finishing as the leading run-scorer in that Test series. The second most run-scorer in that Test series was Rishabh Pant who scored 350 runs.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Josh Hazlewood, Indian batsmen
Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credits: AP)

Hazlewood continued, “We spent a lot of time in the field in Melbourne with short rest in between and then again in Sydney, so that, in a four-match or five-match series, that’s a huge goal of batters to score runs in early games, to spend a lot of time in the middle, to get some miles and legs of the opposition bowlers, hopefully we can swing that around and keep the Indian guys out there for as long as possible and reap those benefits later in the series.” 

Josh Hazlewood about using the short balls against the Indian batsmen

Talking about their upcoming plans against the Indian batsmen during the forthcoming Test series, Hazlewood admitted that the short deliveries will definitely be an option, just like his strategy in early ODI series in the ongoing India tour of Australia.

Josh Hazlewood, Indian batsmen
Josh Hazlewood (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The Aussie pacer said, “I think at different times yeah (we’ll use short deliveries). It has probably been a tactic all the time here in Australia with probably considering the bounce and pace compared to other countries and wickets tend to be flat from time to time.” 

During the first warm-up game between Australia A and India, the home bowlers tested the Indian batsmen with the short balls and also added one leg-gully for Cheteshwar Pujara.

Hazlewood added, “I guess, if we are not getting results on the front-foot, we will challenge, at different times, with the bouncer with the leg-side field. I think you know that has always been a part of the game here in Australia, probably from both sides.”

After the Adelaide pink-ball Test, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane will respectively host the other three Australia vs India Tests.

Tim Paine. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Tim Paine Doesn’t Play In IPL So He Can Confront Indians, Says Mohammad Kaif

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has blurred the arch-rivalry between the two different national players. And the same is being witnessed in the ongoing India tour of Australia. The players were seen exchanging smiles while friendly gestures were seen between the two fierce opposition. Many have criticized this friendly attitude of players.

But Mohammad Kaif believes that Tim Paine will be ahead to confront Indians in the much-awaited four-match Test series. He reckons that none of Aaron Finch, David Warner and Pat Cummins will fight because they play in IPL. But their Test captain Tim Paine has never played in the cash-rich league, and there is no chance for him to feature in the future, so he going to come bluntly against the visitors.

“All the players who play in the IPL, whether it is (Aaron) Finch, (David) Warner or (Pat) Cummins, none of them are going to fight now. Tim Paine does not play, he knows that he is not going to come to India, he does not have anything to do with the IPL, so he can confront the Indians,” the 40-year-old said on the Sony Sports network.

Tim Paine might be dropped after the Test series against India: Mohammad Kaif

Tim Paine and Virat Kohli
Tim Paine and Virat Kohli. Reuters.

Further, Mohammad Kaif gave a shocking statement about Tim Pain’s future. He stated that by the end of the four-match Test series against India, the wicket-keeper batsman might be dropped from the Test squad. The former Indian cricketer reasoned that Paine was given captaincy when Australia in a dire situation but his batting has been disappointing. If he doesn’t score in the coming series, Australia might show him the door.

“I feel by the time the Test series is over, Tim Paine would have been dropped. He is not able to score runs with the bat. He just got the captaincy because Smith and Warner had the problem at the time. They were banned, so he was made the captain in compulsion. Now that they have come back, if he doesn’t score, then his spot in the XI will also be difficult. So it will be better if he concentrates on batting and keeping only this time,” Kaif concluded.

Tim Paine,
Tim Paine and Steve Smith. Image Credit: Twitter.

In his last ten innings, Tim Paine has managed just two fifty-plus scores (0, 58, 23*, 1, 21, 13, 39, 0, 79, 35). Therefore, with both Warner and Smith back in the team, it would be difficult for Paine to get going without adding runs to the scoreboard.

Meanwhile, the Test series will begin on December 18 with the pink-ball Test in Adelaide. The last three Test matches will be played in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide respectively.

Matthew Wade Dropped, Alex Carey Called In Australia's Test Squad For Test Series Against South Africa
Matthew Wade (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Michael Clarke Backs Matthew Wade For Test Playing XI

The much-awaited four-match Test series between the hosts Australia and the visitors India will begin in less than a week. While the hosts will miss their crucial opening batsman David Warner in the first Test due to groin injury, former World Cup-winning Aussie captain Michael Clarke spoke about the unsettled Australian Test players.

When India toured Australia last time, they won their first-ever Test and ODI bilateral series in this country. While the present Australian team is definitely stronger than those struggling Aussie sides, they will miss their crucial opening batsman David Warner at least in the opening game of the forthcoming Test series.

Australia, Test
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

So, it is important to re-think about the opening slot of the Australian team ahead of the first Test, which will begin on coming Thursday (17th December) at Adelaide Oval (Adelaide). While Joe Burns is currently struggling in this new home season, young uncapped Will Pucovski is doubtful for the first Test due to recent head injury during the first warm-up match against India.

Michael Clarke believes that the versatile cricketer Matthew Wade can be a good option for the opening batting slot. The second-most run-scorer in Sheffield Shield 2018/19 (scored 1021 runs), Wade was in very good form in the recently concluded home T20I series against India. Though Australia lost that series by the 2-1 margin, Wade finished as the leading run-scorer in that series with 145 runs (average 48.33), including two fifties.

Michael Clarke, Matthew Wade, Australia, Test
Matthew Wade (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Michael Clarke supports Matthew Wade for the upcoming Test playing XI

Also, early of the ongoing Sheffield Shield season, Wade scored three half-centuries in four innings. In those matches, Wade batted at the no.3 position.

Michael Clarke, Matthew Wade, Australia, Test
Michael Clarke (Image Credit: Google)

Clarke recently told AAP, “If you’re going to pick Cameron Green then you’ve got to find another spot for Wadey. He’s got to be in that starting XI but that could be anywhere in that team. That could be opening the batting if need be. I think Wadey can do that.” 

Michael Clarke is happy about the two youngsters Cameron Green and Will Pucovski. The former Aussie captain is excited to watch these talents in international cricket.

He added, “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with promoting these two youngsters and being excited about how talented they are. We always need to remember that sport at the highest level is very hard and you’ve got to expect that there’s going to be some great times and there’s going to be some tough times. As long as we appreciate that as a fan then I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t be super excited.”

The opening match of the Test series between Australia and India will be a day/night pink-ball Test match.

Sachin Tendulkar,
Sachin Tendulkar. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Sachin Tendulkar Opens Up His Feelings On Virat Kohli’s Absence In Australia Test Series

While the Indian captain Virat Kohli will miss the last three matches of the forthcoming four-match Test series against the hosts Australia, the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar opened up his feeling on it.

After the completion of the limited-overs series, where the hosts Australia won the ODI series and the visitors India won the T20I series (both won by 2-1 margin each), they are now getting ready for the much-awaited four-match Test series.

Indian captain Virat Kohli will lead the Indian team in the opening match of the Test series which will be played at Adelaide Oval (Adelaide) from 17th December. It will be the first-ever day/night pink-ball Test match between Australia and India. But after that Test match, Kohli will return to his home for the birth of his first child.

Virat Kohli, Tendulkar
Virat Kohli (Image Credits: BCCI)

As Kohli will be unavailable for the last three Tests of the series, the visitors Indian team will surely miss him in this tour. Sachin Tendulkar feels that this situation can come any time, which brings up a big challenge to the team.

Tendulkar told ANI, “See, of course, Virat coming back, there is going to be one spot where a senior player who has been around for a long time, who has toured Australia, not being there, will be missed without a doubt. But it is about a team, not an individual, so had he been injured, they would have to go without him in the second Test, I am saying this hypothetically, never would I wish that, I am saying when an important member of your squad is injured, the squad has to go ahead and play without him.”

The most international run-scorer further added one of his experiences during his international career when the legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble missed out a Test match against West Indies due to the injury.

Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble
Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble (Image Credit: Twitter)

He added, “I remember one of the Tests in West Indies, when Anil (Kumble) got injured, following Test we played without him. At that time, Anil was the main bowler, these type of challenges one has met with, we have to be prepared for that.”

However, the legendary Indian cricketer has enough faith in the current bench strength of the Indian team as he praised this team.

He said, “It is about the team, so Virat won’t be there after the first Test, but the team is going to be there. We have the bench strength and that is the beauty about Indian cricket right now that we have bench strength. There would be an opportunity for some other guy to go out there and do something for the country. But with Virat not being there will obviously be missed, without any doubt, but it is about the team rather than the individual.”

If Rohit passes all his fitness tests and is cleared, then a player like Rohit should be there in Australia: Sachin Tendulkar

As Virat Kohli will miss the last three Tests of the series, all eyes are now going to the fitness report of Rohit Sharma. While he will soon appear for the fitness test, if he passes all these tests, he will reportedly travel to Australia immediately, which will help him to make himself available for the last two matches of the Test series.

Rohit Sharma, Tendulkar
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

While Tendulkar is unaware of Rohit’s latest fitness status, the legendary cricketer claimed that Rohit should be in Australia for the Test series if he passed all the fitness tests.

Tendulkar said, “I do not know the status of Rohit’s fitness. That is something BCCI and Rohit know, they are in touch with each other and so are the physios and team management. They would be the ideal ones to answer this. If Rohit passes all his fitness tests and is cleared, then a player like Rohit should be there in Australia. If he meets all the parameters then he should be there.”

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Australia vs India 2020-21: Four Test Members Included In Australia A Squad For Day/Night Warm-Up Match Against India

Before the beginning of the much-awaited four-match Test series between the hosts Australia and the visitors India, the Indian Test squad will play a three-day day/night warm-up game against Australia A. On Wednesday (9th December), the Cricket Australia (CA) has announced the warm-up match squad, where four Aussie Test squad members (for India series) have been selected.

In the ongoing tour, while the hosts Australia won the three-match ODI series by 2-1, the visitors Indian team won the three-match T20I series by the same margin. The four-match Test series between them will begin on 17th December while Adelaide Oval (Adelaide) will host the opening match of this series. Moreover, the opening game of this Test series will be the first-ever day/night pink-ball Test between Australia and India.

Australia A, warm-up match
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Before their second day/night pink-ball Test match, which will be also their first-ever away day/night pink-ball Test, the Indian team wants to get proper preparation and that’s why they will play a three-day day/night warm-up game against Australia A at Sydney Cricket Ground (Sydney) starting from 11th December.

Joe Burns, Cameron Green, Sean Abbott and Mitchell Swepson have been selected for Australia A

Joe Burns, Australia A, warm-up match
Joe Burns (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Among the Australian Test squad for the upcoming India series, opener Joe Burns, all-rounder Cameron Green, in-form pace-bowling all-rounder Sean Abbott and leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson have been selected in Australia A squad for the upcoming warm-up match against India. Former ODI vice-captain and wicket-keeper Alex Carey will lead this Australia A side.

Australia A, warm-up match
Mitchell Swepson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has also confirmed that the opening batsman David Warner will miss the opening game of the home Test series against India. During the second ODI against India, Warner suffered a groin injury that forced him to miss out the remaining matches of the limited-overs series against India.

Australia A squad: Joe Burns, Marcus Harris, Moises Henriques, Cameron Green, Nic Maddinson, Alex Carey (C/wk), Ben McDermott, Sean Abbott, Will Sutherland, Harry Conway, Mitchell Swepson, Mark Steketee

Ashish Nehra
Ashish Nehra (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Ashish Nehra – T20I Series Win Will Surely Have An Impact On The Test Series

While the visitors India made a weak start in the ongoing Australia tour by losing the first two ODIs, they made a strong comeback by winning the next three limited-overs matches, including securing the T20I series in this tour. Ashish Nehra, the former Indian left-arm pacer confidently believes that India’s T20I series victory will make an impact on the upcoming much-awaited four-match Test series.

In the ongoing Australia tour, the visitors India have the schedule of playing three-match ODI series, three-match T20I series and the four-match Test series against the hosts. They have just completed the limited-overs series, where the hosts first won the ODI series by the 2-1 margin, then the Indian team beat the hosts in the T20I series by the 2-1 margin.

Ashish Nehra, T20I series, Test series, Indian team
Team India (Image Credit: Twitter)

After losing the first two ODIs at Sydney, India won the Canberra ODI and Canberra T20I before securing the T20I series by winning the first Sydney T20I. However, the visitors limited-overs winning streak ended on Tuesday (8th December) when the hosts managed to win the last T20I of the series at Sydney.

It will make a difference to players mentally if not anything: Ashish Nehra

Ashish Nehra believes that India’s T20I series victory will surely make an impact on the forthcoming Test series between the hosts Australia and the visitors India, especially in the mental aspect.

Ashish Nehra, T20I series, Test series, Indian team
Ashish Nehra (Image Credit: IPL)

Nehra told Cricbuzz, “Australia were making big totals in the ODI series, so the T20I series win will surely have an impact on the Test series, however, little it might be. Yes, different players are playing this series but it will make a difference to players mentally if not anything.”

The four-match Test series will begin on 17th December. Adelaide Oval (Adelaide) will host the first Test of this upcoming series which will be the first-ever day/night pink-ball Test match between Australia and India.

Ashish Nehra, T20I series, Test series, Indian team
Virat Kohli and Tim Paine (Image Credit: Google)

Then Melbourne Cricket Ground (Melbourne) will host the Boxing Day Test, which will be the second Test of this series. In the new year (2021), Sydney Cricket Ground (Sydney) and The Gabba (Brisbane) will host the last two Tests of this series from 7th and 15th January respectively.

Ravindra Jadeja, 200 Test wickets
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)
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India Tour Of Australia 2020-21: Ravindra Jadeja Unlikely To Play First Test

While the much-awaited four-match Test series between the hosts Australia and the visitors India will begin in just more than a week, the Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is likely to miss the opening match of this series.

Ravindra Jadeja started the ongoing Australia tour in a great way. While he tried his best to fight against the hosts during the first two ODIs in this tour where the left-handed batsman scored 25 and 24 runs respectively but failed to take at least one wicket, he scored an inspiring 66 not out off 50 balls and also picked up one wicket during the third ODI at Canberra, where India claimed a victory.

Ravindra Jadeja, India, day/night Test
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

In the opening match of the three-match T20I series, Jadeja once again saved the Indian team with his powerful batting as he scored 44 not out off 23 balls, which played a major role for India’s 11-run victory in that game. But in the last over during India’s first innings of that match, batsman Jadeja got a hit on his helmet. Earlier, in the 19th over of that innings, Jadeja got a hamstring injury.

In the second innings of that match, the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal replaced Jadeja as a concussion substitute, which raised confusion in the Australian dressing room.

After that game, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that Jadeja ruled out from the remainder of the T20I series and Shardul Thakur replaced him in this series. Now, the big question is whether Jadeja can be available for the opening match of the four-match Test series in this tour, which will begin on 17th December at Adelaide that will be played as a day/night pink-ball Test.

Ravindra Jadeja, India, day/night Test
Ravindra Jadeja. (Image Credit: Google)

It is next to impossible that the Indian team management would field Ravindra Jadeja, without any warm-up game time ahead of the opening Test

A BCCI source has recently given some light in this question. While Jadeja is recovering and he has to take rest for 7-10 days as per ICC”s concussion protocols, the all-rounder will miss the upcoming three-day day/night warm-up game. As Jadeja is unavailable for the upcoming pink-ball warm-up match, the team management will unlikely to select him in the playing XI for the opening game of the Test series, which will be also a day/night Test.

Ravindra Jadeja, India, day/night Test
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

The source told PTI, “As per ICC’s concussion protocols, after any head injury, a player needs to be rested for 7 to 10 days, which effectively rules Jadeja out of the three-day day/night warm-up game at the SCG from December 11. Therefore, it is next to impossible that the Indian team management would field Jadeja, without any warm-up game time ahead of the opening Test.”

While Ravindra Jadeja is recovering from the concussion, his hamstring injury is still a concern. After making his Test debut in December 2012, Jadeja has played 49 Tests where the left-handed batsman has scored 1869 runs (average 35.26) and also the left-arm spinner has taken 213 wickets.

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Rohit Sharma And Ishant Sharma To Miss 4-Match Test Series

Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma will in all probability miss the 4-match Test series as they are still currently busy undergoing rehabilitation at the NCA in Bangalore.

With only a handful of days remaining for India’s international series against Australia, the speculations surrounding Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma don’t seem to end. Considering 14-day quarantine norms, they will miss the Test series and practice matches if they don’t board a flight to Australia now.

Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma
Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma

Rohit Sharma Should Have Been On Flight In Next 3-4 Days To Play Test Series: Coach Ravi Shastri

Their fitness has been an area of concern from the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) where the duo suffered injuries and nothing concrete has been known about their participation in the matches in Australia.

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Both cricketers are still undergoing rehabilitation at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, but the team management isn’t aware of the progress they are making. If reports are to be believed, both are unlikely to board the flight for Australia. As per reports, head coach Ravi Shastri hasn’t been communicated about the duo’s availability.

“He (Rohit) was never going to play the white-ball series, they were just looking to see how long he needed the rest because you can’t afford to be resting for too long. If you need to play in the Test series or any red-ball cricket, you’ve got to be on the flight in the next three or four days. If you aren’t, then it’s going to be tough.”

“It’s a similar case (Ishant’s injury) to Rohit. You don’t really know how quickly he’ll be available to fly out. As I said, if anyone has to play in the Test series, he has to be on the flight in the next four or five days. Otherwise, it’s very difficult,” Shastri was quoted as saying to ABC Sports.

Ravi Shastri is apprehensive about both of Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma’s availability. Rohit Sharma, who is an ODI specialist having scored 3 double tons, has been effective as a Test opener recently too but he was included late in Test squad after resting in the white ball series owing to a hamstring injury.

Rohit Sharma’s Unavailability May See Shreyas Iyer As Cover

In the meantime, as per Inside sport, Shreyas Iyer who captained Delhi Capitals (DC) in IPL might be called up as a cover for Rohit Sharma in the forthcoming Test series against the hosts Australia. Shreyas Iyer has played ODI and T20I cricket but is yet to make his debut in Test cricket. If Rohit Sharma misses out, it’s expected to be a big loss for Team India as he has scored 556 runs with two tons and one double century after being asked to open the batting.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

For Ishant Sharma, the team management is also looking to retain one of the players like Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur from the white-ball squads for the Test series. The speedster was earlier ruled out of IPL 2020 due to a rib cage injury after playing a solitary game. Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, had a hamstring injury but returned to play in the business end of the tournament. He played the final and scored a half-century but looked in discomfort.

COVID-19 Cases Increasing In Adelaide Threat Over First Test Between Australia And India
Adelaide Pitch. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Threat Looms Large Over First Test Following Surge In COVID-19 Cases In Adelaide

The first Test match of the Test series between India and Australia is scheduled to begin on December 17 in Adelaide. The venue has, recently, reported an increasing number of cases as clouds loom large on the smooth running of the series. Although still one month is left before the start of the series.

On Monday, November 14, Queensland’s state government stated that those who are returning from South Australia since November 9 would have to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing and a quarantine period of 14 days.

Notably, the Adelaide Oval will host the maiden pink-ball Test between India and Australia.

Cricket Australia invites spectators in Test series, Adelaide set for the first Test:

Virat Kohli (India) vs Tim Paine (Australia)
Virat Kohli and Tim Paine. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Apart from Adelaide, the other venues for the last three Test matches are- Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Initially, Melbourne was also being excluded from hosting the match because of increasing cases in Victoria, but the government have controlled the infectious virus.

Moreover, Cricket Australia has allowed spectators in the stadium but under certain restrictions. Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) and Adelaide Oval will be holding 50 per cent of their total capacity and the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) around 25,00 spectators per day for their boxing day Test.

The Gabba at Brisbane will host crowds 75 per cent of its total capacity. Seating capacities at the SCG, Adelaide Oval and Gabba are 48,000, 53,50 and 42,000 respectively.

As per CA, the venue capacities might change according to the latest development around COVID-19.

Team India Begins Preparation For Pink Ball Test Against Australia In Dubai
Team India. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Meanwhile, after passing all the COVID-19 tests, Team India has started outdoor training in Sydney. Apart from Test series, they will also play three matches ODI series and as many T20I series.