Australian spearhead Pat Cummins believes that the departure of Indian skipper Virat Kohli after the first test will not make a big difference to the result of the four-race test series. India and Australia are scheduled to compete in three ODIs, three T20Is and four tests. The tour kicks off with the three-game ODI series, scheduled to begin November 27. Kohli only plays one test against Australia and then returns home after being given paternity leave from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
The Australian vice-captain insisted that the absence of the Indian skipper is not something the Australian team is focusing on.
“ To be fair, as a captain he will of course be missed, but the Indian cricket side always finds an incredible batsman, who is (are) outside the team, waiting for a chance. So maybe that new opportunity is the start of someone else’s career, ”ICC quoted Cummins.
“It can make a bit of a difference. I’m not sure it will be a deciding factor in the series, but to be honest, we players haven’t talked too much about it,” he added.
During the 2018/19 series, India managed to record their first Test Series victory on Australian soil. The Kohli-led team eventually won the series 2-1 and now they would try to keep the Border Gavaskar Trophy.
“We have a lot to prove. India played very well here a few years ago. We as the Aussie cricket team, and as long as I grew up watching them, (we) are proud to win at home, especially Test matches. To lose it, I feel we have to make it up this summer, ”said Cummins.
“It’s going to be a great run. I think both teams are at the top of the Test Championship table right now. It will be a high quality run,” he added.
The first test between India and Australia starts on December 17 at the Adelaide Oval and this match will be a daytime match.
The series of four matches is part of the World Test Championship (WTC). Australia and India are placed first and second in the WTC rankings respectively.
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