Test cricket’s thriving heart: Australia and India gear up for epic showdown

By Our Reporter
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Cricket Australia and the Board of Control for Cricket in India have announced that the cricketing rivalry between Australia and India is set to intensify with a historic five-match NRMA Insurance Test series scheduled for the 2024-25 season. This marks the first such encounter between the two nations since the 1991-92 series, highlighting the growing prominence of Test cricket on the international stage.

The extension of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to encompass this and future series is a testament to the stature of both countries in the cricketing world. Having competed in the 2023 ICC World Test Championship final, this decision underscores their ongoing dedication to the sport’s most esteemed international format.

The 2022 ICC T20 World Cup in Australia saw a massive turnout of Indian supporters, and the upcoming extended tour promises to be a spectacular event for fans throughout Australia, including the burgeoning Indian communities. The allure of Test cricket remains strong, as evidenced by the over one million viewers who tuned in for 29 sessions this summer on linear and streaming services. The previous three-Test series against Pakistan captivated more than 9.5 million viewers on Star Sports, the official broadcaster of Australian cricket in India.

The anticipation for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy Series is palpable, with expectations of even higher viewership for the eagerly awaited clash.

Mr Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary of the BCCI, expressed the board’s unwavering commitment to preserving the rich heritage of Test cricket, a format held in the highest regard. The extension of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to five Tests is a reflection of the joint effort between the BCCI and Cricket Australia to enhance the prominence of Test cricket and celebrate its legacy. Shah anticipates a thrilling spectacle that will captivate fans worldwide with its intensity and excitement.

Mike Baird, CA Chair, shared his enthusiasm for the expansion of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy to five Tests, citing the intense rivalry between the two cricketing powerhouses. He expressed confidence in Pat Cummins’ World Champion team’s ability to take on the formidable Indian team, which has impressively won the last two series in Australia. Baird expressed gratitude for the collaboration with the BCCI and reiterated the importance of Test cricket. He looks forward to welcoming the Indian team, officials, and fans for what promises to be an outstanding series and a highlight of a packed summer of cricket.

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