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Test Cricket in Limelight as Australia-India Rivalry Grows

International cricket is in focus again as the T20 World Cup comes into action in a few months. The tournament is scheduled to take place in the USA & West Indies in June.

The shortest format of the game is always a treat to watch but the longest format of the game – Test Cricket is the real test of the talent of a cricketer. Every young cricketer dreams of being part of his national team in the red0ball format.

In the year 2019, the World Test Championship was introduced by ICC and that completely revolutionized international cricket. The first edition of the tournament was won by New Zealand and the 2nd ended up with Australia lifting the trophy. However, one thing that is particularly similar in both editions was India reaching the finals and giving tough competition to both countries.

India has always come out as a strong contender in the last 10 years or so in all the ICC competitions and they are expected to continue the momentum.

With Australia being the World Test Champions and ODI Champions, the rivalry between men in blue and Aussies has helped Test cricket in many ways.

A Renewed Focus on the Five-Day Format

Since the invention of T20 cricket, for a few years, Test Cricket took a back seat and was struggling to keep the cricket fans engaged. However, the Border-Gavaskar Series between India and Australia made it more interesting as we entered the new millennium.

For decades, both teams have come together in different locations to make the longest format of the game more interesting. In the year 2023, the cricket boards from both countries took a decision to end the Border-Gavaskar trophy but looking at the engagement it provided in the recently held matches, the series has been renewed and both teams are scheduled to meet again in Australia.

Both countries have a passionate cricket fanbase. Australian and Indian cricket fans live and breathe the game. In the summer of 2023-24, over a million Australian cricket fans tuned up to the broadcast of their Test fixtures.

Similarly India vs England Test series also registered a 1.3 million* average minute audience. These figures are astonishing and made a huge impact in keeping Test cricket alive.

The Allure of the Australia-India Rivalry

There used to be a time when Indian cricket was always in competition with teams like Pakistan and South Africa with Australia always leading the charts in international cricket. Over the period things have taken a drastic turn and team India has become a giant and has given a tough time to Australia and England who have been at the top of their game.

Overall, the rivalry between India and Australia’s Test rivalry has become a topic of discussion in the international media. This Clash of Titans has given us some of the legendary players like Sachin Tendulkar, Adam Gilchrist, VVS Laxman, Bret Lee, Rahul Dravid, Glenn McGrath, and many more.

A Boon for Test Cricket's Future?

The extension of the Border-Gavaskar trophy is a boon for Test cricket. The decision has given a direct message to the rest of the boards that Test cricket is equally important as white-ball cricket and slowly building rivalries can generate fruitful results.

Witnessing high-profile Test matches between legends like Virat Kohli and Steve Smith can inspire young players to pursue careers in Test cricket. The pressure of the India-Australia rivalry can produce some unexpected results and that in turn can provide more excitement in the longest format of the game.

Cricket between these two countries has the potential to attract a wider audience, particularly in countries where cricket is still developing.

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