Australia host India in the 1st Test at the Adelaide Oval on Thursday. This will be the first day/night Test match between these great Test nations, but who will come out on top?
The hosts have won all five of their previous pink ball Test matches but India won their last series in Australia. This is set up to be a cracking series.
Australia come into this series in fine form statistically with five wins in their last five Test matches. Unfortunately they have not played since beating New Zealand in Sydney in the 2020 New Years Test.
Marnus Labuschagne has been in incredible Test match form since making his debut in the 2019 Ashes against England as a concussion substitute. He has scored 143, 50, 63, 19, 215 & 59 runs in his last six Test innings.
Along with Steven Smith, Labuschagne will have to take on plenty of responsibility in the 1st Test given the injury woes facing the opening batsmen.
On the bowling front Australia have arguably the best bowling lineup in world cricket, perhaps only matched by India and New Zealand.
Australia Team News
Australia have been unfortunate on the injury front in the lead up to the 1st Test. Star opener David Warner is out injured and will not feature. In-form youngster Will Pucovski, who scored two successive first class double centuries’ just weeks ago, is out with concussion.
To add to the Aussies woes, Joe Burns is in terrible form with reports suggesting the Australian selectors are considering opening the batting with Marcus Harris and Marnus Labuschagne for the 1st Test.
On the bowling front, Josh Hazelwood, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon are set to lead the attack.
India have not played Test cricket since February 2020 and they lost their last two Test matches in New Zealand. Prior to those two defeats India had won seven matches in a row.
The Indian team will be full of confidence coming into this series knowing that they defeated Australia on their last tour Down Under. India are certainly not the team they were a few years ago where they could dominate at home but struggled on quicker and bouncier wickets.
That is mainly due to the emergence of a generation of fast bowlers that are among the best in the world while their batsmen also perform much better away from home. That effort will once again be led by captain Virat Kohli
India Team News
India have a plethora of options heading into the 1st Test. Virat Kohli is available for selection but looks likely to return home thereafter. The opening batsman birth remains a point of contention but Mayank Agarwal will in all probability retain his place after scoring 61 runs in a warm-up match.
Rishabh Pant has not been at his best in limited overs cricket recently but proved his quality in the warm-up against Australia A, scoring 103 runs. It will be a tight cal between him and Wriddhiman Saha.
Australia vs India Head to Head
India have won four of their last seven Test matches against Australia along with two draws. On their last tour Down Under India won the four-match series 2-1, including a Test victory in Adelaide, the venue for the 1st Test on this tour.
Australia vs India Odds
Australia are favourites to win at 1.75 with India paying 2.90. A draw is valued at 7.00 with bet365
Australia vs India Match Up
There is quality all round the field on both teams so this should be a magnificent contest. With the injuries Australia are a bit unsettled at the top of the order which may be something India can take advantage of.
Another consideration that must be taken into account for this match is the fact that it is a pink ball, day/night Test. It is common knowledge that the ball tends to do a bit more at night so both teams would prefer bowling at night, which could lead to some interesting captaincy calls.
Australia vs India Stats
- Australia have won all 5 of their previous day/night Test matches.
- Australia have won their last 5 Test matches.
- Australia’s Marnus Labuschagne has scored 50+ runs in 5 of his last 6 Test innings.
- Australia’s Steven Smith averages 68.13 in his last 19 Test matches.
- India won their last Test series against Australia.
- India’s Virat Kohli averages 55.39 in Test cricket in Australia.
- India’s Cheteshwar Pujara scored 123 and 71 runs in his last Test at the Adelaide Oval.
- India’s Cheteshwar Pujara has scored 50+ runs in the 1st innins 4 of his last 6 Test matches.
- India won their last Test match at the Adelaide Oval.