It will be a hot start to the eight-match limited overs series between India and Australia. Perth will welcome Mahendra Singh Dhoni's young Team India to an exciting Australian summer. The first of the five ODI's will be played at the WACA, Perth on Tuesday, January 12.(India vs Australia | Results | Schedule)
All eight matches of the series will be day-night affairs. The ODIs will start at 8:50 AM Indian Standard Time. The Twenty20 internationals will start at 1:08 PM IST (Adelaide) and 2:08 PM (Melbourne and Sydney).
This will be a series to test newcomers. Perth, Brisbane should excite India's pace attack of Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but rookie Barinder Sran will be hoping to find that extra yard with his long and left-arm pace.
The ODI series will take India and Australia to Melbourne (Jan. 17), Canberra (Jan. 20) and Sydney (January 23). Ian Chappell feels Australia are favourites to win the series while Sunil Gavaskar says India can prove to be tough nuts to crack if they begin well.
The twenty20 series will start in Adelaide on Republic Day. This is the first time India and Australia will play three twenty20 internationals. It will be interesting to see how veterans Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra perform.
Both Nehra and Yuvraj could prove to be important players in Dhoni's scheme of things considering the fact that the ICC World Twenty20 will be played in India in March-April.
India vs Australia 2016 Schedule:
Jan 8: India vs Western Australia XI, T20 warm-up (India won by 74 runs)
Jan 9: India vs Western Australia XI, one-day warm-up (India won by 64 runs)
Jan 12: India vs Australia, 1st ODI, W.A.C.A Perth, 0850 IST
Jan 15: India vs Australia, 2nd ODI, Brisbane, 0850 IST
Jan 17: India vs Australia, 3rd ODI, Melbourne, 0850 IST
Jan 20: India vs Australia, 4th ODI, Canberra, 0850 IST
Jan 23: India vs Australia, 5th ODI, Sydney, 0850 IST
Jan 26: India vs Australia, 1st T20I, Adelaide, 1318 IST
Jan 29: India vs Australia, 2nd T20I, Melbourne, 1408 IST
Jan 31: India vs Australia, 3rd T20I, Sydney, 1408 IST