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India vs Australia: A look back at the last five Test tours played Down Under

Beating Australia Down Below is one thing India have by no means been ready to do in over 70 years of traveling the rustic. (Specific Archive/Document)

India tackle Australia in a four-match Check sequence beginning on December 6. That is the primary time in 4 years that India are taking part in a Check sequence Down Below. Australia are in a state of transition because the ball-tampering scandal in 2017 that ended in David Warner and Steve Smith being passed long bans. India, then again, come into this sequence after a Four-1 loss in England and a 2-1 loss in South Africa earlier than that.

Even if India have the load of historical past to take care of – they have got by no means gained a Check sequence in Australia and feature controlled to win Check suits on 5 out of the 44 circumstances that they’ve been performed within the nation in opposition to the hosts – that is being touted as the most efficient likelihood they have got to wreck their duck. This can be a departure from the script that was once written forward of Check sequence Down Below for India previously. Because the flip of the century, India have toured Australia for 5 Check sequence.

1999/2000: 3-match sequence; Australia win Three-Zero
The primary time the sequence was once known as the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. VVS Laxman scored his first Check century on this sequence however that was once just about it so far as positives had been involved for India. They misplaced the primary Check by means of 285 runs, the second one by means of 180 and the 3rd by means of 141. It was once a forgettable sequence however this was once the duration when the rules had been being laid for the ‘Fab 4’ to turn into established.

2003/04: 4-match sequence, drawn 1-1
Steve Waugh’s farewell sequence became out to be some of the succesfull one for India Down Below. The second one Check featured Rahul Dravid’s antique 233, a knock that Waugh admitted he grudgingly admired regardless of being opposition captain. Virender Sehwag scored a brutal 195 within the 3rd Check whilst Sachin Tendulkar, who had a horrible sequence up till then, scored 241 within the fourth. Ricky Ponting had long gone into overdrive in that sequence, scoring half-centuries in each innings of the primary Check earlier than back-to-back double centuries in the second one and 3rd.

The 2007/08 sequence was once marred by means of the Monkeygate scandal. (Specific Archive/Reuters)

2007/08: 4-match sequence, Australia win 2-1
Even if India had been burnt up within the first Check, shedding it by means of 337 runs, the guests discovered their long ago, profitable the 3rd Check and drawing the fourth. It all, regardless that, was once forgotten, as this went directly to be labelled the ‘Monkeygate’ sequence thank you, mainly, to Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds. The second one Check of that sequence additionally so umpire Steve Bucknor coming underneath fireplace for different blunders that he made during the process the tournament.

2011/12: 4-match sequence, Australia win Four-Zero
India’s Check setup was once minimize open on this sequence. Australia gained the primary Check by means of 122 runs, the second one by means of an innings and 68, the 3rd by means of an innings and 37 and the fourth by means of 298. Questions had been raised on MS Dhoni’s talent as a captain in long-form cricket. Virat Kohli’s center finger entered the sense of right and wrong of the Autralian public on this sequence.

2013/14: 4-match sequence, Australia win 2-Zero
MS Dhoni retired, Virat Kohli took over. The sequence was once the primary Australia performed after the tragic dying of Phil Hughes. Kohli went directly to turn into the protagonist within the sequence, choosing fights with the Australians and scoring runs on a canter. Dhoni dropped the retirement bombshell after the drawn 3rd Check. Australia win the primary tournament by means of 48 runs and the second one by means of 4 wickets earlier than the 3rd and fourth attracts.

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