The IPL is over now, and all the focus will be sifted towards international cricket, with India set to play their first match after a gap of more than eight months. However, team India left for Australia from Dubai Wednesday night to play a full-fledged tour.
Looking forward to India tour of Australia (four-Test series, three ODIs, and three T20Is), former England captain Michael Vaughan predicted the outcome of the Test series.
Michael Vaughan said Australia would win the Test series quite easily as India captain Virat Kohli won’t be available for the final three Tests due to his first child’s birth.
Vaughan took Twitter to write his prediction, “No Virat Kohli for 3 Tests in Australia. The right decision is going to be at the birth of his first child, but it means Australia will win the series quite easily IMO, in my opinion.”
However, BCCI has already granted the paternity leave of Kohli. Skipper Kohli will fly back after playing the limited-overs series and the first Test match in Adelaide. The first will also mark India’s first pink-ball day-night Test on foreign soil.
The absence of Virat Kohli will be sure to weaken the Indian side against a strong Australian side with the presence of two of their premier batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith.
Last time India beat Australia 2-1 in the Test series as Smith and Warner were serving bans for their involvement in ball-tampering. Kohli is not only India’s leader but also India’s second run-getter behind Cheteshwar Pujara in last India toured Australia.
India tour of Australia will begin with the three ODIs starting from November 27, and all the three ODIs will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
T20I will also be started from December 4, and the Test is set to be played under lights from December 17 to 21 at the Adelaide Oval.
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