After 9 month hiatus, Team India to take field again with a mix of youngsters and seasoned campaigners
- India and Australia will play a three-match ODI series starting November 27
- The four-match Test series, Border Gavaskar Trophy, will start from December 17
- Skipper Virat Kohli will depart following the first Test to attend the birth of his first child
India’s credentials as one of the best cricketing teams across formats will undergo a trial by fire as they take on Australia in their own backyard in an all-inclusive series starting Friday, November 27.
India last played New Zealand in January, completing a whitewash in the five-match ODI series, while losing the three-match T20I series 3-0 as well as both the Test matches. India was scheduled to play South Africa at home, in March, although the series was called off due to the increasing threat of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Men in Blue will finally return to action after a lengthy pandemic-forced break, although the players have been involved in competitive action, thanks to the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL), and should be brimming with confidence.
The IPL was also a platform for many youngsters to make an impression on the selectors and many have succeeded in doing so, with players like Shubhman Gill, Sanju Samson, Varun Chakravarthy, Thangarasu Natarajan and Mohammed Siraj being given their big breakthrough chances.
Gill and Siraj have been included in the Test squad, while Natarajan and Chakravarthy have been named in the T20I squad. Samson, has made the list for both the T20I and ODI squads.
The tour will begin with the three-match ODI series, followed by the three-match T20I series, before the main event, the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy entailing the traditional four-match Test series, begins on December 17.
The Indian team will be led by skipper Virat Kohli until he departs following the conclusion of the first Test to attend the birth of his child.
Although a respectable decision, the news broke hearts across the world as the series was the first opportunity in three years to see two of the best batsmen in the Test formats, Steve Smith and Kohli, go head-to-head.
Kohli will be deputised by KL Rahul in both the white ball formats, while Ajinkya Rahane is the Test vice-captain and will likely take over the reins once Kohli returns to India.
Amid growing calls for a split-captaincy, Rohit Sharma, who led Mumbai Indians to a record fifth IPL title on November 10, has not been included in either the ODI or T20I squads over fitness issues. He will play the third and fourth Tests.
Here are the squads for the full tour:
India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul (vc/wk), Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shubhman Gill, Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
India T20I squad: Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul (vc/wk), Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, Navdeep Saini, T Natarajan, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.
India Test squad: Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Wridhiman Saha (wk), Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.
Australia vs India 1st ODI: November 27, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. (9:10 am IST/2:40 pm local time)
Australia vs India 2nd ODI: November 29, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. (9:10 am IST/2:40 pm local time)
Australia vs India 3rd ODI: December 02, Manuka Oval, Canberra. (9:10 am IST/2:40 pm local time)
Australia vs India 1st T20I: December 04, Manuka Oval, Canberra. (1:40 IST/7:10 pm local time)
Australia vs India 2nd T20I: December 06, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. (1:40 pm IST/7:10 pm local time)
Australia vs India 3rd T20I: December 08, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. (1:40 pm IST/7:10 pm local time)
Australia vs India 1st Test: December 17-21, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide. (9:30 am IST/2:30 pm local time)
Australia vs India 2nd Test: December 26-30, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne. (5:00 am IST/10:30 am local time)
Australia vs India 3rd Test: January 07-11, Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney. (5:00 am IST/10:30 am local time)
Australia vs India 4th Test: January 15-19, The Gabba, Brisbane. (5:00 am IST/10:00 am local time)