The fiery Australian pacer, Mitchell Starc expressed his eagerness to play a pink-ball Test against India later this year. His remark comes as India and Australia are expected to lock horns for a four-match Test series later this year. All international cricket has been come to a halt since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, both BCCI and Cricket Australia have shown interest in going ahead with the series.
During a chat with cricket.com.au., Starc said, “Yeah, I think, absolutely the series against India is a great thing, the fans love it, it creates a different aspect of the game, the bat and ball are closer as well in that contest. India has played a pink ball test in India, they are not foreign to it, we do have a good record with the pink ball at home, I think it would be great to have a pink-ball Test against India, and with what I have heard, India is also open to it.”
India played their inaugural day-night Test last year against Bangladesh at home. The side managed to record a victory and after that Test, speculations rose as to whether India will play a day-night Test against Australia or not. However, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in February this year confirmed that the Indian team would indeed play a day-night Test against Australia.
During the 2018-19 series against India, Australia was without the services of David Warner and Steve Smith as the duo was facing a one-year ban for their role in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa. During 2018-19, India managed to defeat Australia at home for the first time in a Test series.
In the four-match series, Pujara went on to score three centuries in Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney and was the backbone of India”s 2-1 series victory. Earlier this year, Australia displaced India as the number one team in the ICC Test rankings.
In the World Test Championship (WTC) standings, India is leading the charts while Australia is placed second.