India, Australia to play five-match Test series in next FTP cycle: Report

The extended bilateral series will start from the 2024 season, when India is scheduled to tour Australia. A Cricbuzz report said that the 2023 home series to be played in India in February-March will be a four-Test competition.

Former Australia captain Steve Waugh said, “I think it is a great initiative because it is the closest match of the Ashes series for the Australian team.”

Notably, Australia and England regularly play five Test matches for the Ashes Trophy. India, on the other hand, have played England in five Test matches both at home and away in recent years, and the same will now apply to the series involving them and Australia.

The next cycle of FTP to be implemented after the World Test Championship (WTC) final in June 2023 is being finalized by various boards. It is expected to be approved at the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) annual conference in Birmingham.

India’s bilateral matches will be known only after the FTP becomes public but it is understood that the revised series will take place from the end of 2024, when India tours Australia for a bilateral series.

This will not be the first time that the two countries will be involved in five Tests. India has played a five-Test series at Down Under three times, the last being in 1991–92 when Australia won 4–0. In 1959 and 1969, India hosted Australia for five matches while the 1979–80 series lasted for six Tests. India are the current holders of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, having famously won in 2020-21.

The four-Test 2023 home series is part of the current WTC and is crucial to both teams’ chances of qualifying for the final. Before that, the Australian team is scheduled to visit India in September-October for six white-ball games – three ODIs and three T20Is. But, with the T20 World Cup taking place in October, a final decision is yet to be taken on whether the teams will play ODIs or not.

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