Nagpur, expected to be the other venue, was the scene of Australia’s drought-breaking series victory in 2004, albeit at the old cricket ground in the centre of town. In 2008, Jason Krejza took 12 wickets on his debut in an Australian defeat at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium.
The vagaries of Indian cricket politics have ensured that Australia has now gone quite some time without playing Test matches at numerous major venues. The last Test between Australia and India at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens was in 2001, the last at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in 2004.
George Bailey, the selection chair, has already flagged that Australia will take a large squad to India to account for conditions that will not only be different to home conditions but may also vary from venue to venue and, perhaps, depending on the results of earlier Tests in the series.
“I would envisage that the Test tour to India may have some different names to it than what the team does over the summer,” Bailey said. “Just because the conditions that we expect to face are every chance to be very different again.
“You probably take a slightly bigger squad anyway – I don’t think we’d be taking a skinny squad across there, plus it’s at the back of a summer and there’s a reasonable amount of cricket that would have been played by then.”
Glenn Maxwell’s hopes of making the tour have been hit by a broken leg he suffered in a freakish accident at a friend’s 50th birthday party on the weekend.
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