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Latest: India tour of Australia 2020-21: Brisbane to host series opener, D/N Test in Adelaide

In a major announcement, Cricket Australia (CA) on Thursday (May 28) officially revealed that the Gabba in Brisbane will host the opening match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against India from December 3 this year. The second Test (December 11-15) will be a Day-Night affair at the Adelaide Oval, while the traditional Boxing Day Test (December 26-30) and New Year Test (January 3-7) will be played at the MCG and SCG, respectively.

Meanwhile, Australia’s home summer will begin with a Day-Night Test against Afghanistan in Perth from November 21 to 25, which will be followed by the AUD 300 million worth four-match series against India.

Nevertheless, the Australian government will reserve the right to change the schedule given the uncertainty surrounding the global COVID-19 pandemic. But the insiders believe, since Australia’s coronavirus situation is easing, the series looks certain to go ahead without the need for a quarantine hub.

On their last tour of Australia in 2018-19, India won their first-ever Test series in Down Under and recently India captain Virat Kohli had said that he was looking forward to defend the Border-Gavaskar Trophy irrespective of the venue.

“Whether it is the Gabba [where Australia haven’t lost a Test match since 1988] or Perth, it doesn’t matter to us,” he said. “We have the skillsets as a team to compete against anyone in the world anywhere, whether it is white ball, pink ball or red ball. We are absolutely up for it.”

For Australian cricketers, however, the Gabba has been a favourite ground with numerous wins.

“We can’t wait to come to the Gabba, knowing that Australian sides play well and win a lot of Test matches here,” Test skipper Tim Paine had said ahead of last year’s Test match.

“It’s where we traditionally like to start so it feels like the Australian summer when you get together and get out on the Gabba. It’s a great place for us to play – the wicket suits Australian sides really well so to start here is fantastic and the boys are really looking forward to it.”

In the post-COVID world, this is going to a much-anticipated series for fans around the world.

Sandipan Banerjee is a senior cricket journalist with experience stretching across more than a decade. Having founded a number of cricket information resources and prior experience of working in big-ticket events like ICC Cricket World Cup, IPL and ICC Champions’ Trophy; he joined the team at CricketNews.com in 2019 to provide strategic guidance and to assume a brand ambassador role as principal correspondent. Due to Sandipan’s commitment towards the game, it’s safe to assume that if India are involved in a Test, ODI or a T20I, he’ll be there covering the match!

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