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Reports: BCCI’s recce team manages to schedule Team India’s second warm-up game on Australia tour

India's Australia tour will commence on November 21 with the three-match T20I series.

Hardik Pandya
India Test team (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

There has been a lot of talk about Team India not playing the warm-up games before the start of the overseas Test series. Many former cricketers termed it as the reason for the Test team’s series losses in South Africa and England despite playing well. Even the head coach Ravi Shastri accepted the same a few days ago and had demanded more warm-up matches before the Australia Test series. However, it is being learnt that India will play two warm-up games before the four-match Test series commences.

India will embark on the tour down under possibly in the second week of November. They will first play the three T20 Internationals followed by four Test matches. The tour will conclude with the three-match ODI series during which the Men in Blue will look to settle their team combinations ahead of the World Cup.

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When will the warm-up game played?

According to the reports in Mumbai Mirror, the BCCI‘s recce team is currently in Australia and they have managed to schedule an extra warm-up game for Team India. As per the schedule previously, they were going to play only a solitary practice match as there is only 10 days gap between the T20I and Test series. But the addition of the second such game will now clash with the T20I series and the Test specialists might take part in the contest.

The three matches will be played on November 21, 23 and 25 as the second warm-up game will also be played during this period. This comes as a welcome change for the Indian team who would want to grab this opportunity with both the hands and enter the series with confidence. The first Test match will be played from December 6 at the Adelaide Oval.

It is also being believed that this is the best chance for Virat Kohli and his team to register their first Test series win in Australia.

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