Australia begin Cricket World Cup campaign with clash against India

Australia begin their Cricket World Cup campaign with daunting clash against India as Pat Cummins’ side bid to reclaim 50-over prize after losing out to England in 2019 semi-final

  • Australia will face India in their first World Cup match 
  • The Aussies are looking to reclaim the 50-over prize 
  • Pat Cummins’ side will take on the hosts in Chennai on October 8 

Australia face a huge challenge to start their 2023 Cricket World Cup campaign on a winning note after being drawn against star-studded India first up.

The International Cricket Council on Tuesday released the fixtures for the showpiece event, with Australia’s opening clash against the hosts in Chennai on October 8 set to be one of the biggest matches of the group stage.

Ten teams will participate at the World Cup. Each nation plays the other nine in a round-robin format, with the top four qualifying for the knockout stage.

After facing India, Australia will take on South Africa in Lucknow on October 13.

Other notable match-ups for five-time champions Australia include an encounter with Pakistan in Bengaluru on October 20, a tough assignment against New Zealand in Dharamsala on October 28, and a meeting with England on November 4.

Australia will begin their Cricket World Cup campaign against tournament hosts India

The Aussies were knocked out of the semi final in 2019 and want to reclaim their title

The Aussies were knocked out of the semi final in 2019 and want to reclaim their title

Arguably the biggest match of the group stage will be India’s clash with neighbours and regional rivals Pakistan in Ahmedabad on October 15.

The tournament opener on October 5 offers New Zealand the chance to turn the tables on title-holders England in a repeat of the 2019 final.

England claimed the crown four years ago after beating the Black Caps at Lord’s in a drawn match decided by a boundary countback after the Super Over finished level.

The first semi-final of the 2023 World Cup will be held on November 15 in Mumbai, with the second the following day in Kolkata.

Both last-four games will have a reserve day.

The final will take place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19, with November 20 slated as the reserve day.

Australia’s title hopes in 2019 were crushed at the semi-final stage when England cruised to an eight-wicket victory with 107 balls to spare.