Australia tour of India 2019: Full Schedule  |  Photo Credit: AP
After an incredibly successful tour of Australia that saw the Virat Kohli-led Indian side bag historic victories in both the Test and ODI formats, it’s time for the Men in Blue to take on the Aussies at home in what would be their final bilateral series before the 2019 World Cup in England. With the players set to be separated by the Indian Premier League franchises, the Australia tour of India comes as the last opportunity for the team management to iron out flaws. For some players, the World Cup dream would either end or witness a rebirth in this series itself.
Workload management remains an important task for the BCCI selection committee and the team management before coming to conclusions with the squad for the Australia series. Virat Kohli, who skipped the final 2 ODIs and the following 3 T20Is against New Zealand, is expected to make a return as captain against the Aussies while Rohit Sharma – who led the Indian team in Kohli’s absence – could be given a rest.
With a number of other changes are expected, the series could serve as the final opportunity for a few players to cement their spot in the World Cup scheme. Top order batsman KL Rahul has been impressive with the willow but is expected to be drafted in against the Aussies, with the search for third opener still active.
Here’s how the Australia tour of India 2019 Schedule looks like:
|India vs Australia 1st T20I||24-Feb||7.00 pm||Bengaluru|
|India vs Australia 2nd T20I||27-Feb||7.00 pm||Visakhapatnam|
|India vs Australia 1st ODI||02-Mar||1.30 pm||Hyderabad|
|India vs Australia 2nd ODI||05-Mar||1.30 pm||Nagpur|
|India vs Australia 3rd ODI||08-Mar||1.30 pm||Ranchi|
|India vs Australia 4th ODI||10-Mar||1.30 pm||Mohali|
|India vs Australia 5th ODI||13-Mar||1.30 pm||Delhi|
Telecast and Live Streaming: Star Sports Network has the broadcasting rights for the Australia tour of India 2019. The live streaming of the series will be available on Star Sports’ official streaming platform Hotstar, while live TV apps like Jio TV and Airtel TV will also air the matches live online.
Teams: Although the Indian squad hasn’t been announced yet, Cricket Australia have named a 15-man squad for the India tour for both the ODIs and T20Is.
Australia T20I & ODI squad: Aaron Finch(c), Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, D’Arcy Short (cover for Marsh)