- Rohit Singh | February 8, 2023 | 8:07 pm
IND vs AUS, 1st Test Preview
India and Australia begin their four-match series on Thursday in Nagpur with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy up for grabs. This is India’s first Test since beating Bangladesh 2-0 in December last year. Australia beat South Africa by the same scoreline last month. India has an excellent recent record over Australia and is always very hard to beat in home conditions. They have plenty of batters in strong international form ahead of this game. Australia has been in brilliant form in this format but may struggle without the players who are injured in this match.
IND vs AUS, 1st Test Details
India vs Australia – 1st Test
Venue: Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium – Nagpur
Date & Time: 09th February 2023 at 01:30 PM IST
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network
IND vs AUS, 1st Test Pitch Report
This surface will be hard work for the pace bowlers. The pitch will not be overly fast but will take spin from early on in the game. The weather forecast is for five days of non-stop sunshine in Nagpur with the temperature expected to reach 35 degrees on each day.
No Injury. Will be added when there is an update
Also Read: IND Test players have started preparing ahead of the match!
IND vs AUS, 1st Test Probable Playing XIs:
India Probable Playing XIs
Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Srikar Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
Australia Probable Playing XIs
Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Mitchell Swepson, Nathan Lyon
Topmost Picks for IND vs AUS Dream11 Prediction, 1st Test:
Top Picks – India
- Virat Kohli – The former all-format skipper has had an excellent international start to 2023. He also impressed during the T20 World Cup in November 2022.
- Ravichandran Ashwin – The off-spinner needs one wicket in this game to become the ninth Test cricketer to bring up 450 Test dismissals.
Top Picks – Australia
- Usman Khawaja – The left-handed opener has an excellent Test record since returning to the side during the 2021-22 Ashes. His average is up to 47.83 in this format.
- Nathan Lyon – The off-spinner was excellent for Australia across both home Test series against West Indies and South Africa in November, December and January.
Suggested Playing XI N0.1 for IND vs AUS Dream11 Team:
Alex Carey, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(C), Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja(VC), Travis Head, Mohammed Shami, Pat Cummins, Scott Boland
Suggested Playing XI N0.2 for IND vs AUS Dream11 Team:
Alex Carey, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith(VC), Marnus Labuschagne, Shubman Gill(C), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Travis Head, Mohammed Siraj, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon
Captain and Vice-Captain Options:
Captain – Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill
Vice-captain – Ravindra Jadeja, Steve Smith
AUScketkeeper – Alex Carey
IND vs AUS 1st Test Probable Winners:
There are some brilliant batters on both sides but Australia’s bowling attack does not look as strong as usual. India’s bowling unit is only without one of their first choice bowlers. Cricket fans from across the globe will be looking forward to this Test series and they could well be in for an excellent first game in Nagpur. Australia have one of the world’s best spinners in Nathan Lyon and if he can bowl at his best then the visitors will have an excellent chance. Considering the team combination, India is expected to win this match.