The 2020 India tour of Australia is slated to go ahead as per the original schedule. According to a report published in 7sport.com.au and also confirmed by the BCCI [Board of Control for Cricket in India] sources, the four-match Test series is set to begin from December 03.
The Indian tour Down Under is reportedly worth AU$ 300 million for Cricket Australia and so considering the coronavirus situation-forced coronavirus lockdown, the concept of playing all the four Tests behind closed doors at a single venue [Adelaide Oval] with Virat Kohli’s team quarantining in a newly-constructed five-star hotel in the South Australian city.
But with the coronavirus situation easing out in Australia, Cricket Australia has confirmed that those plans have been put on hold as of now.
That means Virat Kohli’s team could face the daunting prospect of locking horns with the Aussies at the Gabba in Brisbane- a venue where Australia are yet to lose a Test since 1988.
Adelaide Oval set to host the first-ever Day-Night Test between India and Australia
The opening Test at the Gabba will be followed by the traditional Day-Night Test at the Adelaide Oval from December 11. The Men in Blue had refused to play a pink-ball Test last time they toured Australia but that is no longer an issue considering the Men in Blue played their maiden day-night Test last year against Bangladesh.
The Adelaide Pink ball Test will then pave the way for the traditional Boxing Day and New Year Test at the Melbourne and Sydney Cricket Ground respectively. The Asian Giants will not play any Test at Perth Stadium, the only venue where they lost during their triumphant 2018-19 tour.
So the India tour of Aus is on from 3 December. @BCCI sources confirm the schedule is as on today with the virus situation under control. If things change the one venue option might come back but as on today this is the schedule that both boards have agreed on. This is confirmed.
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) May 27, 2020
India scripted history last time they were in Australia as they became the first Asian side to beat Australia on their home turf. India won at the Adelaide Oval and in Melbourne before falling inches short of winning at the SCG thanks to the inclement Sydney weather.
The task will arduous this time around as Australia will have the services of Steven Smith and David Warner, both of whom missed the last Test series due to their 12-month ban.