The Indian cricket team will take on Australia in the third Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy 2020-21 at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) starting on Thursday, January 7.
The ongoing four-match Test series is currently tied at 1-1, with Australia winning the first Test in Adelaide while India came back with an eight-wicket victory in the second at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
A win for either side in Sydney would mean they cannot lose the Test series regardless of the result in the fourth and final Test match in Brisbane.
Interestingly, India and Australia have played 12 Tests at SCG with the hosts winning five of them and visitors securing just one victory.
However, India had sealed the Border-Gavaskar 2018-19 series here on their last tour as the Sydney Test ended in a stalemate and Virat Kohli-led Team India hung on to their 2-1 lead in the series.
India vs Australia, 3rd Test: Numbers That Help You Win
Last 5 encounters between AUS and IND at Sydney in Tests
|Draw||03 January 2019|
|Draw||06 January 2015|
|AUS won by inns & 68 runs||03 January 2012|
|AUS won by 122 runs||02 January 2008|
|Draw||02 January 2004|
Last 5 totals at 1st dismissals of both the teams at Sydney
IND's opening stand vs AUS at Sydney last 5 innings
|10||1||03 January 2019|
|48||4||06 January 2015|
|0||2||06 January 2015|
|18||3||03 January 2012|
|0||1||03 January 2012|
AUS's last 5 opening stand at Sydney
The Australian trio of David Warner, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne have staggering records at the Sydney Cricket Ground. While Warner holds the record for the 2nd most tons by a player at Sydney in Tests, Labuschagne scored 215 and 59 runs against New Zealand in the last game played at this venue. On the other hand, Smith has smashed two centuries and five fifties at SCG.
Last 5 innings of both the teams at Sydney
Here are the last five scores posted by India in their first innings at the venue:
|622/7d||1||03 January 2019|
|475||2||06 January 2015|
|191||1||03 January 2012|
|532||2||02 January 2008|
|705/7d||1||02 January 2004|
Here are the last five scores posted by Australia in their first innings at the venue:
|454||1||v New Zealand||03 January 2020|
|300||2||v India||03 January 2019|
|649/7d||2||v England||04 January 2018|
|538/8d||1||v Pakistan||03 January 2017|
|176/2d||2||v West Indies||03 January 2016|