Australia vs India Test series 2020-21 – 2nd Test

Australia vs India Test series 2020-21

2nd Test / Boxing Day Test:

Second Test of the series of 4 Test matches between Australia and India is going to be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne on December 26th 2020.

Trans-Tasman Trophy 2019-20 – Second Test – A Boxing Day test

The upcoming test will be the 100th test between the teams. The teams are going to play 50th test of Border-Gavaskar Trophy and 50th test on the soil of Australia, as well.

India Tour of Australia History:

The teams completed 99 meetings in the longest format of cricket, till date. The host won 43 times, whereas the opponent won 28 times with 27 draws, and an interesting 1 tied game.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Australia against India are WDLWL.

The teams played 49 matches as part of Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia won 19 times, and India won 20 times, whereas 10 matches concluded as a draw.

On the soil of Australia, the teams faced each other 49 times. out of them, the Australian team received victory 30 times and defeated only 7 times with 12 draws. 

Last 5 (completed) match results of Australia against India in Australia are WDLWL.

The teams played 24 matches on Australian venues as part of Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia won 14 times, and India won only 4 times, whereas 6 matches concluded as draws.

Points and Rankings:

The series is the comparison between the Table topper (Australia) and third rank (India) team. The host is just 2 points ahead of the visitors.

If the host will win the series by 4-nil, then the host will earn 8 points, but in case of losing the series with 4 defeats, then the team will lose the 8 points and become third in the table. 

If the host will win the series by 3-nil, then the host will earn7 points, but in case of losing the series with 3 defeats, then the team will lose the 6 points with 2 positions down. 

In case, the team will lose the series with the margin of 2 defeats, then the team will lose 5 points with 2 rank down in the position. Winning the series with the winning margin of 2, the team will earn 5 points. 

In case, the team will lose the series with the margin of 1 defeat, then the team will lose 3 points with 2 rank down in the position. In case of winning the series with the winning margin of 1, the team will earn 3 points. 

Drawing the series will cause the team not to lose any points but lose one rank in the position.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Australia are WWWWW.

If the visiting team will win the series by 4-nil, then the team will earn 8 points and become table topper, but in case of losing the series with 4 defeats, then the team will lose the 7 points with no change in position. 

If the visiting team will win the series by 3-nil, then the team will earn 7 points and become table topper, but in case of losing the series with 3 defeats, then the team will lose the 6 points with no change in position. 

In case, the team will lose the series with the margin of 2 defeats, then the team will lose 4 points without impacting the position. In case of winning the series with the winning margin of 2, the team will earn 5 points, and become table topper. 

If the team will lose the series with the margin of 1 defeat, then the team will lose 3 points without impacting the position. In case of winning the series with the winning margin of 1, the team will earn 4 points, and become table topper. 

Drawing the series will help the team to earn 1 point with unaffected ranking.

Last 5 (completed) match results of India are LLLWW.

Australia vs India Test series 2020-21 – 1st Test

Venue Weather:

Weather forecast of Melbourne shows the weather would be a mixture of sunny to light rain during the match. Sunny weather would be expected on the first day, but chances of light rain would be on the second day, weather would be mostly cloudy on the third and fifth day and partly cloudy on the fourth day. There is less to no chance of rain, as the precipitation percentage would be almost 5%, except on the second day, where the percentage would be 65% with a high chance of rain. The temperature would vary from 17-33 Celsius. The wind would vary between 9 – 31 km/h.

Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne

Toss and Pitch:

Teams preferred to bat first after winning the toss, which happened 80 times out of 113 games, and the selection favored the teams, and the teams won 40 times and lost 29 times with 11 draws and 1 abandoned game.

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, when the team chose to bat first, are WDLDL.

On the other hand, the teams who chose to field first, won 10 times and lost 16 times with 6 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, when the team chose to field first, are LLWWW.

Overall, 50 times the teams won the toss, won the matches and lost 45 times with 17 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, while winning the toss, are LWDLL.

Particularly, for Australia, the team won the toss 68 times in 112 played games. The team won 38 times and lost just 19 times with 11 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Australia at the venue, while winning the toss, are DDWWW.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Australia at the venue, while losing the toss, are WLWWW.

The first batting team won the matches 56 times. Whereas, the teams, who batted second, won the matches 39 times with 17 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results at the venue, while the team bat first, are WWDLW.

The lowest defended total was 143 in 1981, and the highest successful chase 332 in 1928.

The first inning lowest total was 36 in 1932, and the highest total was 604 runs in 1937. For the second inning, the lowest total was 61 in 1902, whereas the highest was 624 runs in 2016. For the third inning, the lowest total was 45 in 1932, whereas the highest was 578 runs in 1911. And for the fourth inning, the lowest total was 80 (completed innings) in 1910, whereas the highest was 417 runs in 1977.

The batting average of the first innings is 32.52 and 31.66 is for the second innings. The batting average of the third innings is 27.91, and 26.53 is for the fourth innings.

History Between the Teams at the Venue:

Both the teams faced each other 13 times at the venue. The host won 8 times, and lost just thrice with 2 draws.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Australia against India at the venue are LDWWW.

Teams’ Test History at Venue:

The home side has an excellent record at the venue, and won 64 times out of 112 played games and lost just 31 times with 17 draws. Whereas, the visiting team won thrice only and lost 8 times.

Last 5 (completed) match results of Australia at the venue are WLDWW.

Last 5 (completed) match results of India at the venue are LDWWW.

Tentative XI for both the Teams:

Australia:

The home side would go with unchanged XI.

Australia Eleven: J. Burns, M. Wade, M. Labuschagne, S. Smith, T. Head, C. Green, T. Paine, P. Cummins, M. Starc, J. Hazlewood, N. Lyon

India:

The visitors have to face some forced changes like V. Kohli and M. Shami are out of the tour, now. The team may include M. Siraj and KL. Rahul. The team may give a chance to S. Gill in place of P. Shaw, also the team may include R. Jadeja in the XI. R. Pant may get a chance in place of W. Saha.

India Eleven: S. Gill, M. Agarwal, C. Pujara, A. Rahane, H. Vihari / KL. Rahul, R. Pant, R. Jadeja, R. Ashwin, M. Siraj, J. Bumrah, U. Yadav

*Notes: the result of the most recent match is at the left.
*Notes: D means draw in “last five series results”.