How to Play Fantasy Cricket for India Vs Australia Series (2018-19)

Ind. Vs Aus Series (2018-19): An Introduction

Not with standing the form, format or venue, when India plays Australia, passions run high and drama unfolds on the field and off it as well. With India-Pakistan bilateral cricket not happening anymore and Ashes losing its charm, it is the India Vs Australia game that captivates attention, guarantees entertainment and reinstates our faith in the future of cricket. The rivalry has its roots in early 2000 when Steve Waugh led Australia was the team to beat in the international cricket circuit and India under Saurav Ganguly was breaking free of the stereotype of an inconsistent performer. As the rivalry blossomed, cricket enthusiasts were treated to moments of heroics, emotions and ironies that are a perfect recipe for cricketing folklore.

Now that India is Down Under for a lengthy bilateral series yet again, the rivalry is expected to reach the next level. India has historically failed to perform consistently down under, losing every series and 26 of the 40 matches it played here at different points in time and managing to win five and draw five. However, this time, the men in blue can fancy their chances and put the record straight for a few obvious advantages. Australia cricket has been on the downward spiral lately, hit by the ball tempering fiasco that led to the ban on Steve Smith and David Warner, two of the most technically sound and aggressive batsmen in the modern day cricket.

Call it a psychological impact of the incidence or absence of their stalwarts; Aussies do not look as menacing, going down meekly to even average oppositions in their recent outings. While, on the other hand, the present Indian side looks a formidable unit, probably if you can keep the miserable tour of England out of perspective. Although this side does not have the brilliance of Sachin, astuteness of Ganguly, the aggression of Sehwag, class of Laxman or resilience of Dravid, it is a balanced unit capable of reversing the trend. Led by Kohli, team India is currently the top-rated side in test cricket and second only to England and Pakistan in ODI and T20 ICC team rankings respectively, which speak volumes of its skills, attitude and tenacity.

Ind. Vs Aus Series Format:

The ongoing India-Australia series is an all-inclusive one featuring games across all three formats, starting with 3 T20s, followed by a four-day practice match, 4 Tests and 3 ODIs. As a fantasy leaguer keen on playing India Vs Australia fantasy cricket, you need to stay current on the tour schedule. Read on, here’s your chance to stay informed.

T20I Matches:

Match Number




1st T20

November 21, WedThe Gabba, Brisbane 1:20 PM

07:50 AM GMT / 05:50 PM Local

2nd T20

November 23, FriMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 1:20 PM

07:50 AM GMT/ 06:50 PM LOCAL

3rd T20

November 25, SunSydney Cricket Ground, Sydney07:50 AM GMT/ 06:50 PM LOCAL


Practice Matches:




Nov 28, Wed – Dec 01, SatSydney Cricket Ground, Sydney5:00 AM (Nov 28)

11:30 PM GMT (Nov 27)/ 10:30 AM LOCAL

Cricket Australia XI


Test Matches:

Match Number




1st Test Dec 06, Thu – Dec 10, MonAdelaide Oval, Adelaide5:30 AM

12:00 AM GMT/ 10:30 AM LOCAL

2nd Test Dec 14, Fri – Dec 18, TuePerth Stadium, Perth7:50 AM

02:20 AM GMT/ 10:20 AM LOCAL

3rd Test Dec 26, Wed – Dec 30, SunMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne5:00 AM (Dec 26)

11:30 PM GMT (Dec 25)/ 10:30 AM LOCAL

4th TestJan 03, Thu – Jan 07, Mon Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney5:00 AM (Jan 03)

11:30 PM GMT (Jan 02)/ 10:30 AM LOCAL


V Kohli (c)Top-order batsman
AM RahaneTop-order batsman
R AshwinBowling allrounder
JJ BumrahBowler
RA JadejaAllrounder
Kuldeep YadavBowler
B KumarBowler
Mohammed ShamiBowler
RR PantWicketkeeper batsman
PA PatelWicketkeeper batsman
CA PujaraTop-order batsman
KL RahulOpening batsman
I SharmaBowler
RG SharmaTop-order batsman
PP ShawOpening batsman
GH VihariMiddle-order batsman
M VijayOpening batsman
UT YadavBowler


TD Paine (c)Wicketkeeper batsman
PJ CumminsBowler
AJ FinchTop-order batsman
PSP HandscombTop-order batsman
MS HarrisOpening batsman
JR HazlewoodBowler
TM HeadMiddle-order batsman
UT KhawajaTop-order batsman
NM LyonBowler
MR MarshAllrounder
SE MarshTop-order batsman
PM SiddleBowler
MA StarcBowler
CP TremainBowler


You can also check details for last few India vs Australia matches to get an idea which team would be the winner in this upcoming matches.


Aus tour of Ind (2017)Ind
Aus tour of Ind (2017)Tied
Aus tour of Ind (2017)Ind
Aus tour of Ind (2017)Aus
Border-Gavaskar Trophy(2017)Tied


ODI Matches:

Match Number




1st ODIJanuary 12, SatSydney Cricket Ground, Sydney7:50 AM

02:20 AM GMT/ 01:20 PM LOCAL

2nd ODIJanuary 15, TueAdelaide Oval, Adelaide8:50 AM

03:20 AM GMT/ 01:50 PM LOCAL

3rd ODI January 18, FriMelbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne7:50 AM

02:20 AM GMT/ 01:20 PM LOCAL


How to Join the Fantasy Cricket Leagues and Contests

As the hyped India-Australia series is about to unfold, fantasy leaguers will be keen to play India Vs Australia cricket game online. If you too are one among them but lack the knowledge about how to play it, we are here to help with easy and proven suggestions.

  • Introduction: For the uninitiated, fantasy cricket is an online sport requiring skills, game awareness and ingenuity. Here, you step into the shoes of a selector, choosing the best 11 from the 22 players featuring in both teams that will face each other in the real contest. Expect the selected players to perform well, as their performance will help you fetch points and outscore fellow leaguers. And when it happens, you will have the last laugh and decent earning as well. Remember, you have to opt for a fantasy cricket website and play by its rules, failing which your participation may be suspended.

  • How to start: The virtual world is flooded with fantasy cricket websites that offer, or at least claim to offer, good playing opportunities all year around, decent remunerations and fine-tuned service. Choose one of them and get registered but only after going through their track record, payout processes, privacy policies and customer feedback. Or else, you run the risk of a frustrating playing experience. Although the registration is usually simple, time-efficient and free, many websites may charge you for the same.

  • How to select: Once registered, you can now don the hat of the selector and choose the best possible combination for the forthcoming India Vs Australia cricket game. Choose 11 players, including batsmen, pacers and spinners and at least one wicketkeeper and one all-rounder. Now choose the captain and a vice-captain from the selected pool. Remember, the performance of the captain and vice-captain will fetch you more points, vis-à-vis the performance of other team members. The host provides you with a fixed quota of points, usually 100, for each contest with which you can buy your team. The websites generally restrict you from choosing not more than 7 players from a team.

  • Playing Options: You have the option of a practice match and a cash contest. The former is an arrangement designed for starters where they can learn the nuances of the game and hone their skills. Here, no entry fee is charged and no cash prizes are awarded. On the other hand, a cash contest is a real contest involving an entry fee and wholesome cash prizes which vary from one fantasy league website to the other.

  • Managing the team: Suppose you have opted for a particular player for upcoming India Vs Australia cricket game but he is suddenly ruled out of the game due to injury. Now, the websites bail you out with a substitution policy, allowing you to replace the injured player with another player before the game gets underway. The number of substitutions is also subject to the website’s discretion. Selection changes regarding the captain and vice-captain are also permissible prior to the deadline.


Tips to Create the Best Fantasy Cricket Team

With selections being central to the outcomes in fantasy cricket, any error in judgment may dash your hopes of a big payday. So, there is a need to be prudent in team selections and armed with simple yet effective strategies that we have populated below for you.

  • Study the form of the players: Cricket is a team sport but an individual player coming up with a stellar performance to change the course of the match is a common sight. Thus, when you play India Vs Australia cricket game this season, it is imperative to be armed with the recent form of players. Just scurry web pages featuring cricket stats or simply access write-ups offered by fantasy cricket operators to get a fair idea of the form, fitness, skills, adaptability and other key aspects of each player for each spot.

  • Horses for Courses: Only a select few cricketers have the skills and adaptability to make an impact in all three formats of the game, while the rest are happy performing in a specified format. The most glaring example is Rohit Sharma, a phenomenal player in the shorter version but an abject failure in tests. Here, the horses for courses approach works best for you, helping you to choose the right player for the right conditions.

  • Be practical: Team selection is a tricky proposition that demands practicality. If emotions like favouritism, complacency and fear override your selection decisions, you are bound to falter. When emotions overpower us, reason often ebbs – it’s as simple as that. So, approach the team selections level-headedly for prudent decisions.

  • Make changes in the Selected 11: The fantasy cricket website allows you to make as many changes as possible prior to the game. You can make most of the arrangement to create a perfect combination that can keep you in the groove.

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