It’s that time of the year when the men in blue are about to face their biggest challenge. The expectations are soaring and cricket fans all over the world are eagerly waiting for what promises to be a cracker jack of a contest. The Indian team is all set to lock horns with a formidable Australian side in their backyard. The Australian side is not in the best frame of minds especially after the Hughes’s untimely death but the game of cricket has to move on. The Australian side is in a state of shock but are undoubtedly capable of routing any opposition on any given day.

The tour is being considered vital not only because of the Border-Gavaskar trophy but also because India will have to defend its world cup crown on the Australian soil later in 2015 as the world cup is scheduled to be held in Australia-New Zealand. The tour will surely help the men in blue to ascertain their strengths and eliminate their weaknesses before the world cup.

As far as the tour is concerned. The tour consists of a 4 match long test series between Australia and India followed by a triangular one-day international series involving England. The first test will begin on December 9 in Adelaide. Kohli will lead the Indian team in the first test at Adelaide following MS Dhoni’s thumb injury. Seamer Bhubaneswar Kumar has also been ruled out of the first two test matches because of an ankle injury. India will look to emerge out the shadows of their previous tour to Australia where the men in blue suffered a humiliating 4-0 whitewash against Australia in their own backyard.

On the other hand, Australians are still in a state of shock after the untimely death of Phillip Hughes following which the first test at Adelaide was postponed to December 9 from December 4. It will certainly take some getting for the Aussies to break the shackles of darkness and move on. Skipper Michael Clarke, who was about to miss the first test because of fitness concerns has been declared fit to play and lead the Australian side. Michael Clarke’s return to the side will surely infuse a bit of positivity into the Australian side.

The Indian team will look to attack the Australian side and start the series on a positive note but it is easier said than done as the Australian pitches support a lot of pace and bounce and have nothing on offer for the spinners. Bouncers and short pitch deliveries have been the biggest weakness of the Indian side but they will look to get everything right this time around. Hold on to your hats and keep your fingers crossed as “the mother of all battles “is here.

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