Numbers Ahead Of Crucial India-Australia Tests

Ahead of the highly-anticipated ICC World Test Championship clash between India and Australia – a four-match affair in India – we look at the key numbers in Tests between the two nations.

Australia and India, currently ranked No.1 and 2 respectively in both the MRF Tyres ICC Men’s Test Team Rankings and the ongoing ICC World Test Championship 2023 cycle, will meet in a four-match Test series in India.

The first Test will be played in Nagpur between February 9 and 13.

The two teams faced off in 50 Tests across 12 series between 1947-48 and 1991-92, after which the trophy was named to honour the two legends Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border. India and Australia first played for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 1996-97.

India are the current holders of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, having won the series held in Australia in 2020-21.

They have named a strong squad for the upcoming series in India, when the hosts will aim to become the first team to win four consecutive Test series between the pair.

India v Australia – Head to Head

Matches: 102
Won by India: 30 (29.41 percent)
Won by Australia: 43 (42.15 percent)
Drawn: 28
Tied: 1

India v Australia – Records

Most runs

Sachin Tendulkar leads the run-scoring charts in India v Australia Tests with 3630 runs at an average 55 with 11 tons, followed by Ricky Ponting who scored 2555 runs at 54.36 with eight hundreds.

Cheteshwar Pujara (1893 runs at 54.08) leads the way among current players, followed by Steve Smith (1742 at 72.58) and Virat Kohli (1682 at 48.05).

Highest individual score

Michael Clarke’s match-winning 329* in the 2012 New Year’s Test in Sydney is the highest individual score in Tests between the teams, followed by VVS Laxman’s epic 281 at the Eden Gardens in 2001.

Most wickets

Former India captain Anil Kumble is the leading-wicket taker in India-Australia Tests with 111 scalps at 30.32, followed by Harbhajan Singh (95 wickets at 29.85).

Nathan Lyon, who currently has 94 wickets at 34.75, is next best and could surpass the duo with another influential series in India.

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