India Test series set to start with day-night match in Adelaide

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The four-Test series between Australia and India is set to start with a day-night contest at the Adelaide Oval.

The series has yet to be rubber-stamped by the various state governments, but Cricket Australia are confident of hosting India for a tour that is set to take two months to complete.

India set for pink-ball Test

India will arrive in Australia in Mid-November, fresh off the Indian Premier League in the UAE and are likely to start the tour with three ODIs in Brisbane followed by three T20Is in Adelaide.

If the pink-ball match goes ahead it will be just the second day-night Test India have been involved in and the first on foreign soil.

The start date for the first Test is tentatively set as 17 December while Boxing Day Test will be held at its traditional venue of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The third Test is slated to be held in Sydney between 7 and 11 January and wrap up with the fourth and final Test at the Gabba in Brisbane.

Cricket Australia have reportedly pencilled in the 25-30 November period for the ODIs and 4-8 December for the T20I matches. 

India’s squad will have to play their pink-ball warm-up match as an intra-squad game due to the strict health protocols imposed on visitors to Australia.

Cricket Australia and the BCCI are believed to have agreed upon this schedule internally and will announce it once they receive the go-ahead from the relevant government departments.

Western Australia and South Australia have refused to compromise on quarantine periods which has seen the state’s excluded from the tour. Cricket Australia are working on reaching an agreement with the Queensland government to allow India to train during their quarantine period.

Australian Cricket brought to you by Dettol 

The pandemic has driven Australia to seek a new commercial partner in disinfectant and antiseptic brand Dettol.

Dettol will join as the naming rights partner of the men’s One Day International and men’s T20 International Series as well as the men’s support team, along with a partnership with the women’s international team, for the next four years.

Cricket Australia and Dettol will help investigate the transmission of germs in the sport, where the use of sweat and saliva to polish the cricket ball during gameplay is a common practice.

Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia Interim CEO, said: “We feel exceptionally fortunate and proud to be partnering with Reckitt Benckiser. Dettol is such a well-known and trusted brand with a long heritage, both here in Australia and around the world, and their support will give confidence about protecting the return of community and elite cricket this summer.” 

“Beyond this summer, we look forward to working with Dettol to help embed hygienic behavioural change into schools, clubs and communities through cricket.”