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India vs Australia 1st Test Match Prediction & Betting Tips

  • date Feb 09, 2023
  • Start Time 09:30 IST / 4:00 GMT
  • Stadium Name Vidarbha Cricket Ground - Nagpur, India
India IND
Australia AUS
177 & 91 (32.3)
India won by an innings and 132 runs

IND vs AUS Betting Tips

  • Virat Kohli averages 48.90 from 177 Test innings and the top order batter is our tip for India’s highest run scorer in Nagpur. With the ball, Ravichandran Ashwin is the leading wicket taker in Tests at this venue and the spinner is well worth backing as India’s top wicket taker in this game.
  • Steve Smith has been in strong form over recent weeks and averages 60.89 from 162 Test innings. He is our pick for Australia’s highest run scorer in this match. Nathan Lyon will enjoy bowling on this pitch and we expect the off-spinner to be Australia’s top wicket taker in this opening Test.
  • We recommend backing Virat Kohli to hit over 34.5 runs in the first innings.

IND vs AUS Win Probability

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Our Prediction

India are favorites to win

IND vs AUS 1st Test Match Prediction & Betting Tips

India and Australia begin their four match series on Thursday in Nagpur with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy up for grabs. This is India’s first Test since beating Bangladesh 2-0 in December last year. Australia beat South Africa by the same scoreline last month. Read on as we preview this opening Test. This game gets underway at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium at 09:30 local time. 

India have an excellent recent record over Australia and are always very hard to beat in home conditions. They have plenty of batters in strong international form ahead of this game.

Australia have been in brilliant form in this format but may struggle without the players who are injured in this match. However, you can never write them off and they will certainly battle throughout this Test.

India vs Australia 1st Test Match Live Streaming

TV channels: This match will be shown live on Star Sports, BT Sport, Foxtel and Kayo.

Live StreamingFans can stream the match on Disney+ Hotstar.

IND vs AUS Match Toss Prediction

On a pitch which is likely to turn more as the game progresses, we predict that both skippers will want to bat first in Nagpur. 

IND vs AUS, Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium Pitch Report

This surface will be hard work for the pace bowlers. The pitch will not be overly fast but will take spin from early on in the game.

Nagpur Weather Report

The weather forecast is for five days of non-stop sunshine in Nagpur with the temperature expected to reach 35 degrees on each day.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for India vs Australia 1st Test Match 2023

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India Team News & Playing 11

IND Team News

Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant are the two main absentees, both through injury, for India ahead of this Test series. Shreyas Iyer will also miss this match with a back injury. 29 year old wicket-keeper Srikhar Bharat is expected to make his international debut in this game ahead of Ishan Kishan who is also in the squad.

IND Key Players

  • Virat Kohli - The former all-format skipper has had an excellent international start to 2023. He also impressed during the T20 World Cup in November 2022.
  • Mohammed Siraj - The right-arm pace bowler is a competitive individual who is always a wicket taking threat across any format on any pitch.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin - The off-spinner needs one wicket in this game to become the ninth Test cricketer to bring up 450 Test dismissals.

IND Team Form

India have won four of their last five Tests with that defeat coming in a one-off Test in England last summer.

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India Predicted Playing 11

Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Srikar Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj

IND vs AUS Prediction
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Australia Team News & Playing 11

AUS Team News

Three key players are unavailable for Australia in this opening Test. All-rounder Cameron Green has a fractured finger, with opening bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood out with back and achilles injuries respectively. It would be a surprise if any players were given a Test debut in this match.

AUS Key Players

  • Usman Khawaja - The left-handed opener has an excellent Test record since returning to the side during the 2021-22 Ashes. His average is up to 47.83 in this format.
  • Steve Smith - The former skipper is back in the leadership group as vice-captain. He has been in brilliant form in Test cricket and in the BBL so far this year.
  • Nathan Lyon - The off-spinner was excellent for Australia across both home Test series against West Indies and South Africa in November, December and January.

AUS Team Form

Australia have lost only one of their last 15 Tests and were dominant over South Africa in their last series.

Australia Predicted Playing 11

Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Mitchell Swepson, Nathan Lyon

IND vs AUS Team Form in Last Five Matches



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India vs Australia Head to Head

Australia lead the head to head 43-30 from 102 Tests between the sides. However, Australia have won only two of the last 11 head to head Tests.

IND vs AUS Head to Head Stats in Tests

  Matches Played IND Won AUS Won Tie Draw
Overall 102 30 43 1 28
Last 5 5 2 1 0 2

India vs Australia Betting Odds

The bookmakers expect this Test to be well contested but do have Australia as underdogs with India as strong favourites.

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Who will win India vs Australia 1st Test Match?

There are some brilliant batters on both sides but Australia’s bowling attack does not look as strong as usual. India’s bowling unit is only without one of their first choice bowlers.

IND vs AUS Top Team Batsmen

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are our batting picks for India. Gill has been in fantastic international form already in 2023 and has hit a century across all three formats in his career. Sharma averages 46.13 from 45 Tests.

We are backing Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja and David Warner as our batting tips for India. Warner hit 200 only two Test innings ago, at the MCG Test on Boxing Day. Khawaja hit 195 not out in the last Test against South Africa and was in excellent form for Brisbane Heat in the BBL before arriving in India.

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IND vs AUS Top Team Bowlers

We recommend Mohammed Siraj, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami as our bowling choices for India. Shami is a fine all-format bowler with 216 Test wickets from 60 matches. Ashwin has taken two five-wicket hauls and one ten-wicket haul at this venue in this format.

Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar are our bowling selections for Australia. Captain Cummins has 214 Test wickets and is always a threat, even on a spin-friendly surface. Agar played his first Test in six years against South Africa last month and has best innings figures of 3-46.

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🏆 India vs Australia Prediction

Cricket fans from across the globe will be looking forward to this Test series and they could well be in for an excellent first game in Nagpur. Australia have one of the world’s best spinners in Nathan Lyon and if he can bowl at his best then the visitors will have an excellent chance. We think that India’s greater experience of batting in the home conditions will be crucial and our prediction is for India to win this Test.

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