Indian cricket team flew to Australia for a tour to win their maiden two-test series on the Australian soil. They were confident to beat one of the strongest opponents.The Australian cricket team was down due to injury woes of crucial players and the ball-tampering scandals that broke out earlier this year. On account of that issue, the captain and vice-captain of the team, Steven Smith and David Warner were handed a ban of one year and Cameron Bancroft, one of the openers was sentenced to a ban of nine months from international and domestic cricket activities.
India needs to play a T20I series against Australia and the series in rest of formats. The first T20I will commence on Wednesday at Brisbane. Australia slipped to fifth from the top position in the test rankings within a year and India tops the ICC Test rankings at the moment. India stood at No.3 in T20I rankings and second in ODI rankings. The ball-tampering scandal gave a huge blow to the confidence levels of Australian cricket along with their prestige.
India won three tests in Australia in 1970 and one in the 1980s and one in 2008. Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma said that “It’s the one place that we want to leave our mark and do well as a unit,”
“The last time we played test series here — although we lost two games and we drew one game — I thought there were a few close games being played.
“Australia has bowlers who are very tall and extract those conditions, use them to their advantage,
Rohit Sharma opined that Adelaide and Perth tests are the toughest challenges for Indians since the Adelaide pitches are flat, pitches at Perth are bouncy, and the hosts will surely have home advantage. He added “Indian batsman generally are not that tall.
“Obviously it’s not that easy for us but, again, all the guys are quite determined to change things around this time.”
Australians are trying hard to bounce back after back to back losses in T20I series against Pakistan and South Africa followed by test series losses against Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.