Shane Warne wants a five-match Test series between Australia and India

Shane Warne wants a five-match Test series between Australia and India

India and Australia are set to lock horns in a three-match ODI series starting Wednesday.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Like every other cricket fan from India and Australia, former spinner Shane Warne is also looking forward to the Test series that Virat Kohli’s men will play Down Under towards the end of this year and early next year. Warne, the second-highest wicket-taker in Tests with 708 scalps, however, wants the four-match Test series to be made into a five-game one.

Warne floated the idea in a tweet after Kohli said recently that India are open to playing a pink-ball Test Down Under, something they had declined during their last visit in 2018-19.

In a tweet, the legendary former cricketer said: “I’ve said this before – but how good would a five-Test match series between Australia & India be next season. Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide D/N, Melbourne and Sydney. I hope both BCCI & CA make it happen. Scheduling is not an excuse.” He also tagged the cricket boards of both the nations besides Kohli, Australia Test captain Tim Paine and Board of Control for Cricket in India president Sourav Ganguly.

India and Australia are set to lock horns in a three-match ODI series

India and Australia have so far played one six-match Test series and five five-match Test series, the last being in 1991-92. Incidentally, Warne had made his Test debut in the third match of that series which was in Sydney. While Australia have won all the five-Test series, India won the six-Test series played at home in 1979-80.

The last five-match Test series was played Down Under in which Mohammad Azharuddin’s India were beaten 4-0 by Allan Border’s side. India, however, made history in 2018-19 when they beat Australia in an away Test series for the first time. India and Australia are set to lock horns in a three-match ODI series starting Wednesday.

“Look we played the day-night Test here, we were pretty happy with how it went and it has become a very exciting feature of any Test series and we are absolutely up to playing day-night Tests,” Kohli was quoted as telling reporters ahead of the first ODI of the three-match series against Australia in Mumbai.

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