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Perth to Host Border-Gavaskar Trophy Opener in 2024

Perth to Host Border-Gavaskar Trophy Opener in 2024

Perth Gets Green Light to Host Border-Gavaskar Trophy Opener in Historic Five-Test Series

Cricket Australia has announced a massive shakeup to the summer schedule, with Perth Stadium securing the coveted opening Test slot for the highly anticipated Border-Gavaskar Trophy against India.

This historic five-Test series, starting November 22nd, marks the first time the trophy will be contested over five matches since 1991-92.

The decision to kick off the summer in Perth signifies a potential shift in tradition. While the Gabba in Brisbane has historically been the preferred venue for the opening Test, some Australian players now believe Perth offers a similar advantage.

This sentiment comes despite Australia’s dominant record at the Gabba, with only two opening Test losses since 1988. However, recent defeats at the venue later in the season suggest a strategic shift might be in play.

Cricket Australia’s Peter Roach highlighted the national team’s preference for starting strong on familiar, fast-paced pitches. No team has been able to win a test match at Perth except South Africa.

Perth’s bouncy wicket clearly suits Australia’s bowling attack, as evidenced by their victory over Pakistan there last summer. Roach believes this approach will be crucial against a formidable Indian team.

The main psychology behind starting the series from Perth is it presents a massive advantage for home side. The visiting team, once trailing in the series, feels pressure in every game of the series.

While some might favor the Gabba’s historical significance, Perth presents a compelling alternative. This decision seems driven by maximizing both attendance and viewership across Australia and globally.

The Gabba has been breached a couple of times in recent years, first India won the historical test series with a a win at the Gabba then in 2024, the underdog West Indies, led by Shamar Joseph’s heroics, defeated the home side at the Gabba after 27 years.

The remainder of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy unfolds across the country’s iconic cricket grounds: 

* Adelaide Oval (Day-Night Test) – December 6th

* The Gabba – December 14th (coinciding with Queensland school holidays)

* MCG – Boxing Day (December 26th)

* SCG – New Year’s Test (January 3rd)

Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley expressed confidence that the extended series will generate a tremendous atmosphere across the nation. This historic five-Test battle promises to be a thrilling spectacle for cricket fans worldwide.

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