Indian and Australia are set to play four very important test matches in India starting from 23rd February 2017 to 29th March 2017. Its a massive series considering India are currently no.1 in Test rankings while Australia are placed second going into the series. Although its unlikely that Australia can take no.1 spot away from India with any result but they do have a chance to reduce the points gap.
India & Australia Test Squads (Confirmed): India will play one-off test against Bangladesh starting on 9th February which will give them head start for Aussie series and BCCI has already announced a tentative 16-man squad. Australia also announced their squad which will arrive in India a week before the first Test. Below is the list of both team’s squad for 4 match test series.
|NO#||INDIAN SQUAD||AUSTRALIAN SQUAD|
|1||Virat Kohli (Captain)||Steve Smith (Captain)|
|2||M Vijay||David Warner|
|3||KL Rahul||Peter Handscomb|
|4||Cheteshwar Pujara||Josh Hazlewood|
|5||Ajinkya Rahane||Usman Khawaja|
|6||Karun Nair||Nathan Lyon|
|7||Wriddhiman Saha (wk)||Mitchell Marsh|
|8||R Ashwin||Shaun Marsh|
|9||Ravindra Jadeja||Matthew Wade (wk)|
|10||Jayant Yadav||Glenn Maxwell|
|11||Umesh Yadav||Steve O’Keefe|
|12||Ishant Sharma||Matthew Renshaw|
|13||Bhuvneshwar Kumar||Ashton Agar|
|14||Amit Mishra||Jackson Bird|
|15||Abhinav Mukund||Mitchell Starc|
|16||Hardik Pandya||Mitchell Swepson|
2017 Test Series Schedule: The first test match gets underway on 23 February 2017 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. The second test takes place at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore from 04 March to 08 March 2017. Ranchi will host the third test from 16th to 20th March followed by the last test at Himachal Pradesh in Dharmasala from 25-29 March.
Recent History: Last time Australia won a test match at Indian soil was back in 2004-05 season when they registered a 2-1 win in three match series. Since than Australia has toured India three times and never managed to win a Test let alone series. Out of the last 8 test between these two on Indian soil, India has won 6 of those games while two ended in draws.