Delhi is all set to host a Test match after five years when Australia will tour India in 2023 for a four-match Test series for Border Gavaskar Trophy in the february-march window. As per the reports, other Test matches are likely to be held in Dharamsala, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Nagpur & Hyderabad.
“Delhi is likely to host the second of the four Test matches as of now,” PTI quoted a statement by a BCCI official. “The dates will be out as and when the Tours and Fixtures committee holds its meeting. Dharamsala, which hosted its first and only Test almost six years back, against Australia in March 2017, will probably host the third Test,” the statement further stated.
As per the sources, Chennai, Nagpur, or Hyderabad is likely to host the first Test while Ahmedabad will host the last Test of the Australia Tour of India 2023. One of the Test fixtures would be a day-night Test. The BCCI has so far hosted three day & night Test fixtures first against Bangladesh in Kolkata in 2019, then against England in Ahmedabad in 2021 & the third one against Sri Lanka in Bengaluru earlier this year.
The last time a Test fixture was played in Delhi was back in December 2017 against Sri Lanka. This Test series will be the last for both Australia & India before the ICC WTC Final which is to be played at the Oval in London in June 2024. Australia is currently on top of the Points Table with 70 percentage points, followed by South Africa (60), Sri Lanka (53.33), and then India (52.08).
Australia Tour of India 2023: India & Australia Scenarios in WTC 2022-23 Cycle
Australia has nine Tests left in this WTC cycle which is the highest among all teams. Out of nine, five will be played at home- two against West Indies & three against South Africa. If Australia wins these five home fixtures & loses all four to India then they will drop to 63.16 & India will surpass them if they win the rest of their six Test fixtures. On the other hand, if Australia gets successful in registering a 6-3 win-loss record in their remaining nine fixtures then their winning percentage will improve to 68.42 which would put them in a strong position to qualify for the WTC 2022-23 Final.
Meanwhile, India should aim to march up on the WTC 2022-23 Points Table by winning the last two series of the ongoing cycle. If India wins all six Tests their win percentage will boost to 68.06 which will be more than Australia even if they win all their five home Tests.
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