Australia vs India Test series 2020-21 – 3rd Test

Australia vs India Test series 2020-21

Pink Test / 3rd Test:

Third Test of the series of 4 Test matches between Australia and India is going to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney on January 7th 2021.

Pink Sydney Test 2020

India Tour of Australia History:

The teams completed 100 meetings in the longest format of cricket, till date. The host won 43 times, whereas the opponent won 29 times with 27 draws, and an interesting 1 tied game.

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

The teams played 50 matches as part of Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia won 19 times, and India won 21 times, whereas 10 matches concluded as a draw.

On the soil of Australia, the teams faced each other 50 times. out of them, the Australian team received victory 30 times and defeated only 8 times with 12 draws. 

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

The teams played 25 matches on Australian venues as part of Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Australia won 14 times, and India won only 5 times, whereas 6 matches concluded as draws.

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

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. 

In case, 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. 

If, 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. In case of winning the series with the winning margin of 2, the team will earn 5 points. 

If the 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 LWWWW.

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. 

In case, 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. 

If 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 case, 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 WLLLW.

Venue Weather:

Weather forecast of Sydney shows the weather would be a mixture of partly cloudy to sunny during the match. The weather of the first two days would be partly cloudy, weather would be mostly cloudy on the third and fifth day and sunny on the fourth day. There is extremely less chance of rain, as the precipitation percentage would be almost 5% to 15%, except on the first two days, where the percentage would be 25% with a low chance of rain. The temperature would vary from 21-27 Celsius. The wind would vary between 18 – 29 km/h.

Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Toss and Pitch:

Teams preferred to bat first after winning the toss, which happened 86 times out of 108 games, and the selection slightly favored the teams, and the teams won 36 times and lost 35 times with 15 draws.

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

On the other hand, the teams who chose to field first, won only 6 times and lost 11 times with 5 draws. In last 28 years, the teams chose to field first after winning the toss only twice, which were in 2012 and 2013.

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

Overall, 42 times the teams won the toss, won the matches and lost 46 times with 20 draws.

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

Particularly, for Australia, the team won the toss 48 times in 108 played games. The team won 27 times and lost just 13 times with 8 draws.

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

After 2011, the home team never lost the match after wining the toss.

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

After 2003, the home side never lost the match after losing the toss.

The first batting team won the matches 47 times. Whereas, the teams, who batted second, won the matches 41 times with 20 draws.

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

The lowest defended total was 111 in 1887, and the highest successful chase 287 in 2006.

The first inning lowest total was 45 in 1887, and the highest total was 705 runs in 2004. For the second inning, the lowest total was 42 in 1888, whereas the highest was 659 runs in 2012. For the third inning, the lowest total was 72 (completed innings) in 1895, whereas the highest was 581 runs in 1920. And for the fourth inning, the lowest total was 82 (completed innings) in 1888, whereas the highest was 411 runs in 1924.

The batting average of the first innings is 32.78 and 32.73 is for the second innings. The batting average of the third innings is 28.78, and 26.54 is for the fourth innings.

History Between the Teams at the Venue:

Both the teams faced each other 12 times at the venue. The host won 5 times, and lost just once with 6 draws.

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

Teams’ Test History at Venue:

The home side has a pretty nice record at the venue, and won 60 times out of 108 played games and lost just 28 times with 20 draws. Whereas, the visiting team won just once in 1978, and lost 5 times.

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

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

Tentative XI for both the Teams:

Australia:

The home side would go with couple of changes and may introduce W. Pucovski.

Australia Eleven: D. Warner, W. Pucovski, M. Labuschagne, S. Smith, M. Wade, C. Green, T. Paine, P. Cummins, M. Starc, N. Lyon, J. Hazlewood

India:

The visitors have to face one more forced change of injured U. Yadav, and will give chance to N. Saini in place of him. R. Sharma will take place of M. Agarwal.

India Eleven: S. Gill, R. Sharma, C. Pujara, A. Rahane, H. Vihari, R. Pant, R. Jadeja, R. Ashwin, N. Saini, M. Siraj, J. Bumrah

=> Interesting Fact:

This the only second occasion, when Sydney test is started on the January 7th. The first time, it happened in 1978, when the same opponents met each other and the visiting team won the outing.

*Notes: the result of the most recent match is at the left.

*Notes: D means draw in “last five series results”.