India and Australia (IND vs AUS) will be locking horns in the final of the World Test Championship at the Oval in London starting from June 7. This is the first time two teams will face each other in the longest format at a neutral venue. This is also the first time since 2003 that India and Australia will be up against each in an ICC final.
Australia were excellent in their campaign throughout the second edition of WTC and ended up at the top of the points table with 66.67% points. They lost their last series of the cycle against India away from home by a 2-1 margin and will be keen to avenge the defeat.
On the other hand, India ended at the second position in the points table and could only confirm their WTC Final during the last Test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy earlier this year. 14 out of 15 players in the Indian squad are heading into the clash after two months of IPL cricket and it will be challenging for them to switch formats quickly. The only player who did not take part in the T20 league was Cheteshwar Pujara, who was playing in the County Championship instead.
— ICC (@ICC) June 6, 2023
With the ICC trophy up for grabs, India and Australia will be keen on putting their best foot forward. Expect this to be an enthralling Test match between two top teams.
India vs Australia head to head Test record
Below is the India vs Australia head to head record in Test matches in international cricket.
India vs Australia Test match – Last 5 results
|2023||Australia won by 9 wickets||Indore|
|2023||India won by 6 wickets||Delhi|
|2023||India won by an innings and 132 runs||Nagpur|
|2021||India won by 3 wickets||Brisbane|
India and Australia have a rich history in Test cricket. The two teams have faced each other in 106 Test matches so far with India winning 32 matches while Australia have emerged victorious in 44 matches. While one of the matches ended in a tie, 29 of them were drawn. However, India have dominated the proceedings in the last few series winning the last four series between the two teams.
When it comes to the last five Test matches between them, it has been all India who have won three matches including the historic heist at the Gabba in Brisbane a couple of years ago. India and Australia locked horns in India in a four-match Test series earlier this year just before the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League. India won the series 2-1 while the fourth and final Test ended in a draw.
India vs Australia | Top performers
Here is the list of top performers in both departments, when India and Australia clashed in Test matches.
|Sachin Tendulkar (IND)||3630|
|Ricky Ponting (AUS)||2555|
|VVS Laxman (IND)||2434|
|Rahul Dravid (IND)||2143|
|Michael Clarke (AUS)||2049|
|Cheteshwar Pujara (IND)||2033|
|Virat Kohli (IND)||1979|
|Matthew Hayden (AUS)||1888|
|Steve Smith (AUS)||1887|
|Virender Sehwag (IND)||1738|
Sachin Tendulkar has scored the most runs in the IND vs AUS head to head in Tests. He amassed a staggering 3630 runs at an average of 55 in 39 matches with 11 fifties and 16 tons. Ricky Ponting is the next batter in this list with 2555 runs while VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid follow him having scored 2434 and 2143 runs respectively.
Among current cricketers who will feature in the India vs Australia Test match for the WTC Final, Cheteshwar Pujara is at the top of the pile with 2033 runs to his name at an impeccable average of 50.82. Virat Kohli follows him closely having scored 1979 runs in 42 innings. Steve Smith is the next batter with most runs, pummeling 1887 runs with as many 8 centuries to his name in just 35 innings and averages 65.06.
|Nathan Lyon (AUS)||116|
|Ravi Ashwin (IND)||114|
|Anil Kumble (IND)||111|
|Harbhajan Singh (IND)||95|
|Ravindra Jadeja (IND)||85|
When it comes to India vs Australia head to head in Tests, it is all about spinners with the ball. The top five wicket-takers are all spinners with Nathan Lyon leading the way, picking 116 scalps so far in 26 Test matches at an average of 32.40. The rest of the bowlers in the top five are all Indians. Ravi Ashwin is second in the list with 114 wickets in 22 Test matches with 7 five-wicket hauls to his name.
Now retired Anil Kumble and Ravindra Jadeja are in the third and fourth places respectively with 111 and 95 wickets. Ravindra Jadeja has shone with his left-arm spin bowling with 85 wickets in 16 Tests at an average of 18.85 with 5 five-wicket hauls and a 10-wicket match haul.
Among current pacers, Umesh Yadav is at the top with 51 wickets. Josh Hazlewood has also picked as many wickets but he is ruled out of the WTC final. Skipper Pat Cummins has 46 scalps against India, while Mitchell Starc and Mohammed Shami follow next with 44 and 40 wickets respectively.