The much-awaited four Tests series between Australia and India will start tomorrow at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide.
After a disappointing South Africa and England tour, India have a great chance to win their first Test series win in Australia as the hosts are without their top two batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner and also India has been good in this format for the last two years and also their pace bowling has been top class this year.
Most of the Australian tracks are batting friendly so batsmen shouldn't have problems like they had in South Africa and England. Virat Kohli will be the main key and if other batsmen support him enough then India might post a big total on the board.
On the other hand, Australia has an inexperienced batting line-up and their batting will rely on Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh. Though they still have a fantastic bowling attack of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Nathan Lyon so this is going to be a good contest between Indian batting and Australia bowling.
All the major stats and facts ahead of the first Test between Australia and India in Adelaide :
1. Head to Head -
|Venue||Tests||Won by IND||Won by AUS||Drawn||Tied|
India in Aus : 44 Tests, Won - 5, Lost - 28, Drawn - 11
India at Adelaide : Tests - 11, Won - 1, Lost - 7, Drawn - 3
Australia at Adelaide : Tests - 76, Won - 40, Lost - 17, Drawn - 19
8 - Virat Kohli needs 8 more runs to complete 1000 Test runs on Australian soil. He will be the fourth Indian player after Sachin Tendulkar (1809), VVS Laxman (1236) Rahul Dravid (1143) to achieve this feat.
30 - Pat Cummins has taken 30 wickets at an average of 19.70 in 5 Tests he played this year.
50 - Ishant Sharma (48 wickets) needs 2 more wickets to complete 50 Test wickets against Australia.
95 - Cheteshwar Pujara needs 95 more runs to achieve the milestone of 5000 Test runs. He has scored 4905 runs at an average of 49.54 in 64 Tests with 15 hundreds and 19 fifties.
96 - Mitchell Starc has taken 96 wickets at an average of 28.51 in 21 Tests at home and needs 4 more wickets to complete 100 Test wickets at home.
98.50 - Virat Kohli averages 98.50 at Adelaide Oval in Adelaide in Test cricket. He has scored 394 runs in just 4 innings here with 3 hundreds.
2008 - India hasn't won a Test in Australia since January 2008. Their last Test win in Australia came at the WACA ground in Perth.