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India Test series against South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia

By Vipin - November 22, 2023 - Last updated on Nov 22, 2023 11:36 AM
India Test series against South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia

After the end of Asia Cup and ODI World Cup, now the phase of bilateral series is going to start. It will start with the 5-match T20 series between India and Australia on 23 November. The series of New Zealand, Bangladesh, Pakistan, West Indies, England, South Africa and other test playing countries will also start from here. India will play 15 tests against a total of 4 countries in the next 12 months. The Test series against South Africa will start in December and the year will end with the Test series against Australia in December itself.

The next ICC tournament in the form of T-20 World Cup will be played after 6 months in June, before that IPL will also be held in India. Let us know the complete schedule of Team India's future cricket from November 2023 to December 2024 and their importance.

5 T20 series at home from Australia

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Australian players have been in India since last September. Even after winning the World Cup, he is not returning to the country because he also has to play a 5-match T-20 series against Team India from 23rd November. The matches will be held on 23, 26 and 28 November along with another on 3 December. All the matches will be held in India, so they will start at 7:00 pm and will continue from 10:30 to 11:00 pm.

The last T20 series between India and Australia took place in India during September 2022. Then India won the 3rd T-20 series by a margin of 2-1.

ICC's next World Cup will be held only after 6 months in T-20 format. Till then the teams will focus on choosing their best team by playing as many T20s as possible. In this context, the series is important for both India and Australia. Both the teams have won the T20 World Cup once, so now their eyes are on the second title.

Will play series of all three formats in South Africa

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Team India will go on South Africa tour in December. The team will play a series of 3 T-20, 3 ODI and 2 Test here. The tour will start from December 10 and continue till January 7. There will be 3 T-20s on 10, 12 and 14 December. 3 ODIs will be played on 17, 19 and 21 December. The first Test match will start in Centurion on 26 December and the second Test match will start in Cape Town on 3 January.

The last T20 series between South Africa and India took place in India during September 2022, when India won the 3-match series by a margin of 2-1. The last ODI series between the two took place in India during October last year, which was also won by India 2-1. The last Test series between the two took place in South Africa during 2021, India lost the 3 Tests by a margin of 1-2.

The T-20 series is important in view of the World Cup. The result of the Test series will add points for the World Test Championship to be held in 2025. If India wins in South Africa, it will be easy for the team to qualify for the third consecutive final. Because there will be 3 series left on the team's home ground. The ODI series is important to keep this format alive.

Will start 2024 home season with Afghanistan series

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The 3-match T20 series between Afghanistan and India will start from 11 January 2024. This will be Team India's first home series in the new year. Three matches will be played in Mohali, Indore and Bengaluru on 11, 14 and 17 January. Both the teams will face each other for the first time in a T-20 series. Young players from Team India may get a chance in this series.

After winning 4 matches in the ODI World Cup, Afghanistan has started making progress as a Test playing nation. The series against India is very important for their future.

England will play 5 tests at home

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The England team will come to India for 3 years to play a Test series, this time there will be 5 matches in the series. The first Test will be played from 25 to 29 January, the second Test from 2 to 6 February, the third Test from 15 to 19 February, the fourth Test from 23 to 27 February and the fifth Test from 7 to 11 March.

The last Test series between India and England took place in England during August 2021. The 5 test series was drawn 2-2. The last series between the two in India took place in February 2021, this 4-Test series was won by India 3-1.

From the point of view of the World Test Championship, the Test series is very important for both the teams. On home soil, India had lost the Test series against England by a margin of 1-2 in 2012. After Ben Stokes became the captain, the England team has not lost any series, so the series can be a big challenge for India.

IPL will run for 2 months

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England's tour of India will end on March 11. There are high chances of IPL starting in the last week of March. The last IPL started from March 31. This time the tournament can start from 23rd or 24th March and continue till 20th May. There will be a total of 74 matches between 10 teams in the franchise tournament.

After IPL, World Cup in T-20 format will start. The tournament will be very important in terms of preparations because the Indian team can also be selected on the basis of the performance of this tournament.

T20 World Cup will start right after IPL

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One reason behind hurrying IPL is that T-20 World Cup is starting from June 4. The team needs time for its preparations, which can be available only after the IPL ends early. The World Cup will run in America and West Indies till June 30. In which for the first time 20 teams will participate and there will be no qualifier round before the tournament.

5-5 teams will be divided into 4 groups, out of which 2-2 top teams will go to the Super-8 stage. There will be 2 semi-finals between the top-4 teams of the Super-8 stage and the final between the team that wins them. This is the biggest global tournament of T-20 format. Winning this will definitely satisfy the Indian team's trophy hunger for at least a few years.

Will go to Sri Lanka and play home series with New Zealand

After the T20 World Cup ends in June, Team India will not play any international cricket for about one to one and a half months. During this period, it is possible that there may be an ODI or T-20 series against Bangladesh, Ireland, Zimbabwe or Afghanistan.

Team India will go to Sri Lanka in September, where they have to play 3 ODI and 3 T20 series. The schedule of this tour has not been decided yet. Sri Lanka has not been able to defeat Team India in the last 13 ODI series. The last series between the two took place in January this year, India won it 3-0. The last T-20 series between the two was also won by India by 2-1, which took place in January itself.

ICC has suspended Sri Lankan cricket. The board is in a very bad phase after winning the Asia Cup last year. The series against India can create new energy in the team.

In October, Team India will play a 3-Test series against New Zealand at home. The schedule of this series is also not decided. The Kiwi team came to India in November 2021 itself to play a 2-Test series. Then they lost 1-0. New Zealand has not been able to win any Test series in India till date.

The series is part of the World Test Championship. India will be a contender to win the series 3-0, but if New Zealand draws even one test, India's hopes of playing the final will be diminished. If New Zealand wins the series, their hopes of playing in the final will increase.

Will end the year with a 5 test series in Australia

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Team India will tour Australia in November and December, where there will be a 5-Test series between the two for the first time in the 21st century. Before this, there was a maximum of only 4 test series between the two. Australia has not been able to defeat India in any Test series for 10 years, during which it had to face Test series defeats twice in India and on its home ground.

Australia settled its score by defeating India in the World Cup final at home. But now he will have to prepare for his first Test series win at home against Team India in 10 years. The schedule of this tour is also not decided but Team India will end its cricket with this series in the year 2024. Then there will be new challenges in 2025.

Any series between Australia and India becomes important in every sense of cricket. Both the countries are superpowers of cricket at present. More than that, the series will be a part of the World Test Championship and that is why its importance increases for both the teams. The final of the last championship was held between these two teams, India secured the ticket to the final by defeating Australia in the series. Team India would like to score a hat-trick of Test series wins in Australia.

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