Tuesday, December 25, 2007

India vs Australia 1st Test: 30 Things You Should know

India vs Australia four-match Test series is knocking at the door. There is only less then 48 hours to start the India vs Australia 1st Test match at Melbourne Cricket Ground with the Boxing Day. India vs Australia 1st Test has already caught the attention for many reasons. This is perhaps the last Australia tour for some senior Indian players. And Indian cricket team should try hard to make record after getting series win. On the other hand, Australia team also tries to continue their dominance over India team and break the previous record of successive 16 Test match win. No doubt, India vs Australia 1st Test will be more excited and competitive.

However, I have collected a list of 30 things about India vs Australia 1st Test. Here you will get some unknown and interesting news. So, go ahead and read till the end if you want to know many things about the first test.

1. India vs Australia 1st Test will take on 26th December, 2007.

2. The first of the four-match Test series will take place at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

3. Melbourne Cricket Ground is affectionately called MCG.

4. MCG holds the record of highest lighting towers at any sporting venue.

5. It is one of the largest stadiums in Australia which is located in Yarra Park in inner Melbourne.

6. It has 100,000 sitting capacity.

7. It is the home ground of Melbourne Cricket Club.

8. India vs Australia 1st Test will broadcast live on STAR CRICKET and Sky Sports. STAR CRICKET is India based pay TV channel. And European people can see the match live on Sky Sports.

9. For passionate cricket fans who have not ability to see the match live ball by ball on TV can see the match live on cricket based website like Cricinfo, expressindia and Sify scores.

10. This is the four and perhaps the last Australia tour for Sachin Tendulkar.

11. This match will start from 10:30 a.m. local time and 23:30 GMT.

12. This is the 8th Australia tour for India team.

13. Australia is a strong opponent in home ground. Since 1992-93 no one host team cold defeat them.

14. Their last Test defeat in home ground was against West Indies 14 years ago.

15. India’s last tour of Australia was in 2003-04 session. They made the series draw 1-1 with the win in Adelaide.

16. Australian leading wicket-keeper cum opening batsman Adam Gilchrist will appear with pink color gloves to make awareness about breast cancer.

17. Australian think-tank is thinking to play four pace bowlers in the Boxing Day match. They are Brett Lee, Shaun Tait, Stuart Clark and Mitchael Johnson.

18. India’s top four batsmen Sachin, Sourav, Dravid and V.V.S Laxman will play in the main squad. These four players have enough experience and Test century against Australia.

19. India won four Test matches in Australia.

20. India team is now in good form after defeating arch rivals Pakistan team by 1-0 after 27 years in home ground.

21. In their previous match, Australia clinched Sri Lanka and New Zealand in all matches.

22. As a captain it is the first Australia tour for Anil Kumble.

23. Virender Sehwag has been recalled ahead of this tour. He may open the Indian innings.

24. India vs Australia 1st Test will be played in the Boxing Day. Boxing Day is public holiday celebrated in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and many other commonwealth countries.

25. It is the 100th Test matches for Indian left-hand batsman Sourav Ganguly. BCCI will present Sourav Ganguly a trophy on the first day of the Boxing Day Test against Australia.

26. Indian think-tank is in fix to select opener. They can’t find anyone who can make open the innings with Wasim Jaffer.

27. Pankaj Singh can make debut in this Test match. He is right-hand batsman and right-arm medium fast-bowler.

28. V.V.S Laxman got four Test centuries against Australia and he got his career best 281 against the same opponent.

29. This is India’s 412th Test match.

30. Australia has got win in 14th Test matches they need 3 more to break the previous record. If India can get series win then it also will be a record for India team.
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