IND vs AUS: The premier rivalry begins in Nagpur on Thursday, February 9th, with India and Australia facing off in the opening Test.
India holds the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, having claimed victory in the last three Test series against Australia, and aims to retain the Trophy by winning this series.
After losing their last Test series against India on Indian soil, and then two more series at home, Australia, under the leadership of Pat Cummins, will be seeking to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy this year.
As two of the strongest Test teams compete for the highly prized Border-Gavaskar Trophy, a thrilling five-day match is in store at Nagpur.
Here are the match details, pitch report, probable playing 11, squads, player records/stats and dream11 fantasy team predictions for the 1st Test of the Australia tour of India, 2023.
IND vs AUS Match Details
- Match: India vs Australia, 1st Test
- Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023
- Time: 9:30 AM (IST) | 4:00 AM (GMT) | 9:30 AM (Local)
- Venue: Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur
Pitch Report For IND vs AUS, 1st Test
The Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur provides a batting-friendly surface in Test cricket. However, as per reports, the pitch curator has prepared a spin-friendly wicket for this match so we can expect the spinners from either side to rule the contest.
Pitch Stats of Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur For IND vs AUS, 1st Test
- Total matches played: 6
- Matches won batting first: 3
- Matches won bowling first: 2
- Average 1st Inns scores: 323
- Average 2nd Inns scores: 361
- Average 3rd Inns scores: 246
- Average 4th Inns scores: 197
- Highest total recorded: 610/6 (176.1 Ov) by IND vs SL
- Lowest total recorded: 79/10 (33.1 Ov) by RSA vs IND
Injury Update For IND vs AUS, 1st Test
Australia: Cameron Green, Mitchell Starc, and Josh Hazlewood will not be available for this Test match.
India: Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the opening Test match. Either Shubman Gill or Suryakumar Yadav will replace him in the playing XI.
Probable Playing XI For IND vs AUS, 1st Test
India Playing XI
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma (C), Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav/Shubman Gill, Ravindra Jadeja, KS Bharat (WK), R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Mohammad Siraj.
Australia Playing XI
David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb/Matt Renshaw, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins (C), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Nathan Lyon.
Stats of India & Australia Form in Last 5 Matches
IND vs AUS Top Players to Pick in Fantasy Team for 1st Test of Australia tour of India, 2023
Despite a lacklustre showing in the last Test series against South Africa, with just one fifty in four innings, the world’s top-ranked Test batter has a stellar record in this format, having scored 3150 runs at an average of nearly 59.43. He will be one of the key players for Australia in this series.
As a player with a brilliant record and experience in India, Steve Smith will play a crucial role for the Australian team in this match. He has recorded 8647 runs in 92 matches with an impressive average of 60.89. He’s a solid option for the vice-captaincy position.
The Tamil Nadu spinner will be one of the key weapons for the hosts. Given, Nagpur’s pitch will assist the spin bowlers, Ashwin is likely to take the most wickets. So far, he has picked up 449 wickets in 88 Tests at an average of 24.3. He has been equally consistent with the bat too, having accumulated 3043 runs so far.
He is one of the best batters in the world when it comes to the longest format, with 7014 runs in 98 matches to his name. Pujara has a brilliant record against Australia and he will look to extend his domination in this series as well. Given his proficiency against spin, Pujara is one of the must picks for your IND vs AUS Dream11 prediction team.
IND vs AUS Player Battle & Head-to-Head Records For 1st Test
Virat Kohli vs Pat Cummins:
- Innings: 10
- Runs: 248
- Wicket: 5
- Average: 16.40
Virat Kohli vs Nathan Lyon:
- Innings: 25
- Runs: 410
- Wicket: 7
- Average: 58.57
Cheteshwar Pujara vs Nathan Lyon:
- Innings: 28
- Runs: 521
- Wicket: 10
- Average: 51.10
Cheteshwar Pujara vs Pat Cummins:
- Innings: 17
- Runs: 172
- Wicket: 7
- Average: 24.57
Steve Smith vs R Ashwin:
- Balls: 694
- Runs: 412
- Wicket: 6
- Average: 68.7
Steve Smith vs Ravindra Jadeja:
- Balls: 534
- Runs: 181
- Wicket: 4
- Average: 45.2
Marnus Labuschagne vs R Ashwin:
- Balls: 184
- Runs: 99
- Wicket: 2
- Average: 53.8
Marnus Labuschagne vs Ravindra Jadeja:
- Balls: 50
- Runs: 30
- Wicket: 1
- Average: 30
IND vs AUS Player Record/Stats (Must Picks) For 1st Test
|Player||Stats (Test Career)|
|Virat Kohli||8119 Runs|
|Steven Smith||8647 Runs|
|R Ashwin||443 Wickets & 3043 Runs|
|Pat Cummins||214 Wickets|
|Cheteshwar Pujara||7014 Runs|
IND vs AUS Captaincy Picks For 1st Test Between India vs Australia
- Virat Kohli
- Steve Smith
- R Ashwin
IND vs AUS Dream11 Prediction – Fantasy Team Suggesting For 1st Test
India vs Australia – Fantasy Team 1
- Wicket-Keeper: Alex Carey
- Batters: Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne
- All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Travis Head
- Bowlers: Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Mohammad Siraj
- Captain: Virat Kohli
- Vice-Captain: Steve Smith
India vs Australia – Fantasy Team 2
- Wicket-Keeper: Alex Carey
- Batters: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Lokesh Rahul, Marnus Labuschagne
- All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Travis Head, Axar Patel
- Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Nathan Lyon
- Captain: Steve Smith
- Vice-Captain: R Ashwin
IND vs AUS Match Prediction – Who Will Win Today’s Match?
India is expected to win this match.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team for the fantasy game please consider the points mentioned and make your own decision at the time of making your team.