India had lost their Test series 0-4 the last time they visited Australia © Getty Images
India had lost their Test series 0-4 the last time they visited Australia © Getty Images

Nov 17, 2014

India are all set to play Australia in a four-match Test series starting December 4, 2014. The last time these two teams played, India had routed the Aussies 4-0 at home. It’s a trend even the Australians maintained the last time they hosted India in 2011-12 giving a 4-0 hammering to the visitors.

The Australians have had a dream run this year with a whitewash in the Ashes 2014-15. Their pace battery has been in great touch despite injuries. They toured South Africa and emerged victorious. The only spot in the year has been the 0-2 loss to Pakistan in UAE last month.

The Indians will be eager to put up a better show as they have had issues in the longest format in overseas matches. Their win over England at Lord’s was their first since June 2011 against West Indies at Kingston.

The Indians announced their squad on November 10, 2014. The Indian selectors have picked a 19-member squad for the Australia tour. Some of the new names include KL Rahul, Karn Sharma and Naman Ojha. Suresh Raina makes a comeback to the Test side.

The Indians will begin the tour with two practice matches before moving to the Test series.

Below is the practice match schedule for India

Date Match Venue Time
Nov 24-25 Indians vs Cricket Australia XI Gliderol Stadium, Adelaide 05:30 IST I 10:30 local I 00:00 GMT
Dec 4-5 Indians vs Cricket Australia Invitational XI Adelaide Oval 05:30 IST I 10:30 local I 00:00 GMT

Below is the schedule of the four-Test series between India and Australia:

Date Match Venue Time
Dec 9-13 India vs Australia 1st Test Adelaide 05:30 IST I 10:00 local I 00:00 GMT
Dec 17-21 India vs Australia 2nd Test Brisbane 05:30 IST I 10:30 local I 00:00 GMT
Dec 26-30 India vs Australia 3rd Test Melbourne 05:00 IST I 10:30 local I 23:30 GMT (previous day)
Jan 6-10 India vs Australia 4th Test Sydney 05:00 IST I 10:30 local I 23:30 GMT (previous day)

Squads:

India squad for Australia Tests: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara,  Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Naman Ojha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Karn Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron. Analysis of India’s squad

Cricket Australia XI: Ashton Turner (c), Ryan Carters, Alex Gregory, Sam Grimwade, Sebastian Gotch (wk), Josh Lalor, David Moody, Jonte Pattison, Gurinder Sandhu, Matthew Short, Kelvin Smith, Nick Stevens.

Australia squad for 1st Test: Michael Clarke(c), Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Phillip Hughes (13th Man).

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