The first Test match of the series, with many first and probably the equal no of lasts, is significant in more than one aspect. This is the first time the world no. 1 cricket team - Australia - will be playing without its trump cards - Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist- together. It means the visitors will be on field without even a single experienced bowler. This may cost Australia heavily and can prove a good opportunity for India to level its scores.
India will be having the advantage of home turf but this does not put off the uncrowned cricketing czars. Ricky Ponting, Stuart Clark and Bret Lee are some of the cricketers who can change the pace of the match in just a matter of few moments. As Sourav Ganguly has decided to retire from the field, this is for the last time, world is witnessing all the five stalwarts of Indian cricket - Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and Anil Kumble- together. Inclusion of Harbhajan Singh, who has the record of giving a tough time to the Australian skipper - Ricky Ponting- can add on to the chances of India but the team does not have a good record to boast off in the recent past, especially in Bangalore.
|FIRST TEST||9th - 13thOctober||Bangalore|
|SECOND TEST||17th - 21st October||Mohali|
|THIRD TEST||29th Oct - 2nd November||Delhi|
|FOURTH TEST||6th - 10th November||Nagpur|