India tour of Australia 2014-15 Schedule Updated!
Adelaide to host First Test
After the sad demise of Philip Hughes it was made apparent that the First Test, scheduled to begin on 04th Dec 2014, will be postponed. After the consultations with the players and among the board a new schedule has been charted out in which the First Test has now been shifted to Adelaide Oval, which was to host 2nd Test, and Brisbane will now host the second test to begin on 17th Dec. The Boxing day test match, which has long been a tradition in Australia,will be hosted by iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground. While the fourth Test will commence on 06th Jan 2015 and will be hosted by Sydney Cricket Ground. It has been decided to compromise by squeezing all four Tests into a 33-day period. The compressed fixture will mean only three days between the Adelaide and Brisbane Tests, and four days between Brisbane and Melbourne. The ODI tri-series will be played according to the original schedule.
A longer break between the third and fourth Tests in Melbourne and Sydney was therefore included to give the players extra rest time during what will already be a hectic month. In the lead-up to the first Test, which starts on Tuesday next week, India are expected to play a two-day tour match in Adelaide on December 4 and 5.
The five-day delay to the start of the Test series could also have consequences for the squads picked by each team. India’s captain MS Dhoni had been ruled out of the first Test at the Gabba due to an injury to his right thumb and Australia’s captain Michael Clarke seemed certain to miss due to a hamstring injury. However, both men will now have extra recovery time ahead of the new first Test.
Before the sad incident of Phil Hughes, everyone was curious about how the Indians will face the fierce bowling attack that Australia possess. Moreover, a high drama was anticipated with Indians’ ineptitude to play the bouncing ball. Now after the Hughes’ incident it will be interesting to see if Australians employ this strategy or not.
The competitive spirit will not be the usual which is decipherable but it will not be short of action for sure. Cricket will need to find its imprints after this unfateful event, especially Test cricket as this format needs the bowlers to have and use all the arrows in their quiver. With batsmen dominating the game in the recent past, it will be unfortunate if any drastic step like banning the bouncers altogether comes into the picture. The incident was remorseful but we all need to ken that it was nobody’s fault. Hope the cricket remains the same.