India and Australia face off in the Test series from February 9. 4 games shall determine who ends up with the rubber, currently held by the side led by Rohit Sharma. India have not lost a Test at home since 2017 and have been unbeaten at home in a Test series since 2012.
This series is of great importance as it is the last for both sides before the cycle ends for the WTC final. Australia have just creamed South Africa 2-0 while India decimated Bangladesh 2-0. So both sides have momentum on their side.
Other than these 2 sides, South Africa and Sri Lanka still are in the race for the final berth. So it is important for Rohit’s men to win and win big. South Africa face West Indies while Sri Lanka take on New Zealand.
As things stand, India need to win at least by 2-0 to ensure their fate is in their own hands. Or else, they will be dependent on other results. A 3-0, 3-1 or 4-0 scoreline would not hurt either.
But if they end up drawing 2-2 or worse, losing the series, their PCT will take a bad hit. So they cannot afford to drop points.
Australia last won a Test series in India in 2004. They last won a Test in India in 2017. But all that won’t matter as it comes down to who performs better.
There is not much to choose from between the sides. India have home advantage and it remains to be seen who wins the battle.
India lost in the first-ever WTC final vs New Zealand. The first-ever champs are already out of the race. Australia will look to add this to their awesome ICC haul of 5 ODI World Cups, 2 Champions Trophies and 1 T20 World Cup.
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