India and Pakistan ‘in talks to play a Test match in Australia’ after T20 World Cup clash cricket

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India and Pakistan are ‘in talks to play a Test match in Australia’ after runaway success of their epic T20 World Cup clash

  • Discussions are underway for India and Pakistan to face off again in Australia
  • Former cricketer Simon O’Donnell says there’s plans for a Test Down Under 
  • The two countries haven’t played a Test in 15 years due to ongoing tensions
  • More than 90,000 fans flocked to the MCG to watch the sides in the World Cup 

Pakistan and India are involved in talks aimed at the countries playing a historic Test match on Australian soil after more than 90,000 fans flocked to the MCG to watch the arch rivals’ thrilling T20 World Cup clash earlier this month.

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It has been 15 years since the two nations last played a Test against each other, and 10 since they last played a white-ball series. Since then, the two have only met when they have been drawn against each other in major tournaments.

After more than 90,000 fans flocked to the MCG to watch the thrilling T20 World Cup encounter between arch-rivals India and Pakistan, discussions are underway for the two teams to face off again in Australia (India’s Virat Kohli shakes hands with Pakistan’s Shadab Khan)

It has been 15 years since the two nations last played a Test match against each other, and 10 since they last played a white-ball series

It has been 15 years since the two nations last played a Test match against each other, and 10 since they last played a white-ball series

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There’s still a chance that both sides could meet in the final of the World Cup, but according to former Australian all-rounder Simon O’Donnell, there’s also plans for a Test match to be held Down Under.

‘That [their T20 World Cup clash] was extraordinary,’ O’Donnell said on SEN Radio.

‘That game itself is the one that’s held the tournament up so far, people keep referring back to it.

‘There was 90,000 at a neutral venue, there was extraordinary emotion, the scenes of the game, the tightness of the game, the pressure.

Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary, a famous cricket fan, celebrates after India won the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary, a famous cricket fan, celebrates after India won the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Melbourne Cricket Ground

‘It was magnificent sort of stuff, to the level that I can say there will be discussions being had, or there are discussions being had to play a Test match here.

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‘There’s also the possibility of a triangular One-Day series between India, Pakistan and Australia or a Test match between India and Pakistan.

‘My word there are [conversations happening] in the wake of this [T20 World Cup clash].

‘There are already discussions taking place.’

Virat Kohli celebrates after India's victory in the last over against Pakistan

 Virat Kohli celebrates after India’s victory in the last over against Pakistan

The two nations went 18 years without a Test match in the 1960s and late 1970s, but the teams played against each other regularly in the decades afterwards. The most recent was a Test series in India in 2007, which the hosts won 1-0.

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