Team India, who are placed in Pool B for the upcoming World Cup, will face teams from Pool A for both their warm up games © Getty Images (Representational Photo)
Team India, who are placed in Pool B for the upcoming World Cup, will face teams from Pool A for both their warm up games © Getty Images (Representational Photo)

Dubai, Dec 1, 2014

Co-host and four-time World champion Australia will take on reigning champions India in the first warm-up match, scheduled prior to the start of the 2015 World Cup in February-March.

A total of 14 non-ODI warm-up matches will be played across Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Christchurch from February 8 to 13, according to an ICC media release today.

The ‘Men in Blue’ will have another practice game on February 10 against Afghanistan. Both their matches will be day-night encounters in Adelaide and will start at 2 pm local time.

India, who are clubbed with South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and United Arab Emirates in Pool B, will play both the practice games against teams from Pool A.

The public will get a chance to attend the warm-up matches, which will be ticketed but free of charge.

The warm-up games are not official ODIs and operate under slightly different rules with up to 15 players available for use throughout the game [though no more than 11 players may field at any one time].

The ICC has also confirmed the match starting time of the showpiece event, which is to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.