|Australia v India 2014-15|
ScheduleTuesday, 9 December 2014 at 00:00 GMT / 00:00 UK / 05:30 IST
One of the most promising and young opening batsman of Australia, Phillip Hughes, was hit by a bouncer and left this world days before his 26th birthday. He made the atmosphere sad all around the globe, the entire players’ community in general and the Kangaroos in particular were shocked while the proposed dates of Tests were altered.
Two countries commenced their Test series in 1947-48 when India visited Australia and the home side won the first game at Brisbane by an innings and 226 runs. The last Test was held at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi from March 22-24, 2013, that India won by six wickets. Both nations took part in 86 Tests, Australia was successful in 38 matches, India triumphed in 24 and 24 of them ended in a draw. The latter lost all four Tests on their previous tour of Australia in 2011-12 and the former faced the identical fate in India when the home side grasped the series at 4-0 in 2012-13.
Team Australia was humiliated by Pakistan 0-2 in their recent Test series in the United Arab Emirates while India surrendered the five match series in England against the hosts by 1-3.
David Warner was the top scorer in two Test series vs. Pakistan with 239 followed by Steven Smith and Mitchell Marsh who contributed 174 and 164 runs. Michael Clarke should lead his side from the front and Shane Watson along with Chris Rogers can spark at home grounds. Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Ryan Harris will be the difficult bowlers to handle.
Murali Vijay, MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara negotiated the English bowling nicely on their last trip abroad while Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma are the pillars of their batting. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was too good as an all-rounder during four Test series whereas Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron and Ravichandran Ashwin will form a match winning bowling combination.
Tuesday, December 9 – Saturday December 13, 2014 @ 00:00 GMT, 10:30 local at Adelaide Oval.
Mostly sunny with the temperatures around 14-30ᵒC during five days of the match.
The winner will opt to bat first.
The wicket is supposed to be a nice one for batting while the bowlers with better line and length will get plenty of wickets.
Australia – Michael Clarke (C), David Warner, Chris Rogers, Steven Smith, Shane Watson, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle.
India – (From) MS Dhoni (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Varun Aaron, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Naman Ojha, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Lokesh Rahul, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, Ishant Sharma, Karn Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Umesh Yadav.
Australia has won six Tests and India grasped just one at Adelaide Oval so the hosts will be the favourites to win the opening game.