India is scheduled to tour Australia to play three T20Is, four Test matches followed by three one-day internationals. Virat Kohli and co. are going to kick-start their campaign with three-match T20I series that is slated to begin from 21st November at The Gabba. The other two games will be played at Melbourne and Sydney.
The visitors will certainly hold an advantage over Australia due to their recent performances in the T20 format. Australia has not been in the best of form in the T20 format after winning the Trans-Tasman T20 Tri-series played earlier this year. The tri-series included top quality sides like New Zealand and England.
The opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have been excellent in the T20 format. Dhawan has been India’s leading run scorer so far this year with 572 runs in 15 matches at an average of 38.13 with five half-centuries to his name. Sharma is not far behind as he has scored 560 runs in 16 matches with two centuries to his name.
Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, and Manish Pandey have chipped in with crucial performances for India in the T20 format. Indian Captain Virat Kohli has not played many games in the format due to a grueling schedule this year. He will certainly be keen to start the tour on a good note and put pressure back on the Australians.
In the bowling department, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been excellent and picked a lot of wickets in the middle overs of the innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Umesh Yadav are prominent pace options for India for the T20I series.
On the other hand, Australia will be looking to turn things around in their favor after going through a torrid-time across all three formats so far this year. Aaron Finch will certainly lead Australia in the T20I and ODI series against India. The opening batsman will need to find form with the bat after going through a lean run against South Africa in the three-match one-day series. Glenn Maxwell, Chris Lynn, D’Arcy Short, and Marcus Stoinis are premier players for Australia in the T20 format.
In the bowling department, Billy Stanlake, Jason Behrendorff, and Nathan-Coulter-Nile are three pace options for Australia for three-match T20I series against India. Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa are two spin options for the T20I series. Andrew Tye is also a valuable player in the format due to his wide range of variations with the ball in the format.
The conclusion of T20I series will see India take on Australia in the four-match Test series. The series will begin from 6th December at the Adelaide Oval. The remaining three Test matches will be played at Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney.
The three-match one-day series will be played in January between the two teams. The games will be played at Sydney, Adelaide, and Melbourne.
It will certainly be an interesting contest as India will be keen to upstage out-of-form Australian side in their backyard.
Australia vs India 2018-19 Schedule
1st T20 – Australia vs India
Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at 07:50 GMT
2nd T20 – Australia vs India
Friday, November 23, 2018, at 08:50 GMT
3rd T20 – Australia vs India
Sunday, November 25, 2018, at 08:50 GMT
1st ODI – Australia vs India
Thursday, December 6, 2018, at 12:00 GMT
2nd Test– Australia vs India
Friday, December 14, 2018, at 2:20 GMT
3rd Test – Australia vs India
Wednesday, December 26, 2018, at 23:30 GMT
4th Test– Australia vs India
Thursday, January 3, 2019, at 23:30 GMT
1st ODI– Australia vs India
Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 03:20 GMT
2nd ODI – Australia vs India
Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 03:20 GMT
3rd ODI – Australia vs India
Friday, January 18, 2019, at 03:20 GMT