India to begin series against Australia at Brisbane or Adelaide

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Virat Kohli and Tim Paine

The Indian cricket team is likely to begin its much-anticipated campaign against old nemesis Australia either in Brisbane or Adelaide. The team will travel to Australia after the IPL 2020.

Initially the series was set to begin at Perth. According to Western Australia state government’s announcement, Cricket Australia has said that it would be impossible to begin the series at Perth.

India vs Australia series to begin at Brisbane or Adelaide

The Indian cricket team will look to topple the Australians again after they became the first Asian team to register series win in 2019.

According to ESPNCricinfo, the MCG venue will not be available to host a Test match between India and Australia. The state of Victoria, where the MCG is situated, has witnessed a steady rise in the number coronavirus cases.

Consequently, Adelaide will host back-to-back Test matches between India and Australia. Adelaide will host both the day-night game as well as the Boxing Day Test this year if the iconic MCG is not available.

The Indian and Australian players will be coming directly from the UAE after IPL 2020. UAE is witnessing a second wave of coronavirus cases and return of the players from UAE is a matter of concern for the Australian establishment.

Mark McGowan, the Premier of WA state government said, “We didn’t think it was acceptable to have the team return from a high-risk overseas location and then take part in normal training activities outside of quarantine, before flying out to another state to play games.”

As per Cricket Australia’s (CA) initial plans, both the teams were supposed to train in Perth before the series. But Western Australia state government’s announcement has affected the CA’s plans. Hence, the CA will most probably come out with a revised Test schedule this week.

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