Indian team to depart for Australia on Dec 17

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Mumbai, Dec 14 (UNI) The 16-member Indian cricket team will leave for Australia by a morning flight on December 17 to play four Tests and a triangular series with Sri Lanka as the third team.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed that the team members would assemble in Mumbai a day ahead of departure on December 16 and would fly off the next day for the tour.

India will open their campaign with a three-day fixture against Victoria at the Junction Oval ground in Melbourne from December 20 to 22. The first Test will be held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground beginning on Boxing Day.

The schedule: Dec 20-22: Victoria v India, Junction Oval, Melbourne Dec 26-30: 1st Test - Australia v India, Melbourne Cricket Ground Jan 2-6: 2nd Test - Australia v India, Sydney Cricket Ground Jan 10-12: ACT Invitational XI v India, Manuka Oval, Canberra Jan 16-20: 3rd Test - Australia v India, W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth Jan 24-28: 10:30 4th Test - Australia v India, Adelaide Oval Feb 1: T20 Match - Australia v India, Melbourne Cricket Ground Feb 3: Tri-series: Australia v India Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane Feb 5: India v Sri Lanka, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane Feb 10: Australia v India, Melbourne Cricket Ground Feb 12: India v Sri Lanka, Manuka Oval, Canberra Feb 17: Australia v India, Adelaide Oval Feb 19: India v Sri Lanka, Adelaide Oval Feb 24: Australia v India, Sydney Cricket Ground Feb 26: India v Sri Lanka, Bellerive Oval, Hobart Mar 2: 1st Final, Sydney Cricket Ground Mar 4: 2nd Final, Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane Mar 7: 3rd Final, Adelaide Oval, if required.

The Indian squad: Anil Kumble (c), Wasim Jaffer, Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Karthick, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, V V S Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, M S Dhoni (w-k), Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, R P Singh, Pankaj Singh.

UNI

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