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Revealed: Australia's Test schedule in India next year

John Townsend

Australia will return to Nagpur for the first time in 15 years when they seek to use the India series to qualify for the World Test Championship final next June.

Nagpur, where Australia won in their only appearance in the centre Indian city in 2008, is set to be confirmed as the venue for the first Test in February.

The other Tests are likely to be played at Delhi, Dharamsala and Ahmedabad.

Dates and locations for the four-Test series have not been released but officials in both countries are confident the proposed schedule will go ahead.

The late confirmation has made it difficult for travel companies to finalise packages for fans less than three months before the start of the series.

Australia (70 percent) are leading the race to play in the WTC final at The Oval next June but fourth-placed India (52) could make up ground on South Africa (60) and Sri Lanka (53) with a strong win at home in the new year.

Delhi has not hosted a Test for five years but remains one of India’s strongholds with the home team not losing there since 1987.

Australia have won just one of their seven Tests at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground, and that was in 1959.

Australia had a rare win over India when they played in Nagpur in 2004 under Adam Gilchrist’s captaincy with Damien Martyn scoring a century and 97, Simon Katich making 99 and Jason Gillespie claiming nine wickets in the match.

Dharamsala, at the base of the Himalayas, hosted its sole Test in 2017 with Australia losing in 3½ days.

And Australia have never played in Ahmedabad where India twice thrashed England last year.

Likely India schedule

1st Test Delhi

2nd Test Nagpur

3rd Test Dharamsala

4th Test Ahmedabad


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