The selectors wished to select a team of sixteen to play the Tests and replace two of them for the Benson and Hedges series but the Board disagreed thinking it might affect team morale, so this did not happen until many years later
India had the best of all three Test matches but could not force a victory partly because of wet weather but also through not forcing the pace of the matches when on top. The tourists also felt wronged by umpiring decisions. Kapil Dev called Australian umpires the worst in the world after a number of controversial decisions in the Second Test, but the manager later made an apology to the umpires.
C G Borde (chairman), Hanumant Singh, Kripal Singh, Ambar Roy and M M Sood.
Unavailable :Sandeep Patil.
Kapil Dev was appointed to the captaincy on 27 October 1985.
Gavaskar wrote to the Chairman of Selectors asking to bat in the middle order, but he was chosen as an opener.
The team was chosen at the end of the Rest of India-Bombay match and would represent India in both the Rothman’s Sharjah Cup and the tour of Australia.
Tour Party Announced : 28 October 1985.
Near Miss: C Pandit, A O Malhotra.
The following were dropped from the team that had recently returned from Sri Lanka: S Viswanath, Gopal Sharma, Maninder Singh, Lalchand Rajput.
Time between selection and departure from India
(28 October - 25 November)
A strenuous one-week training camp at Wankhede Stadium was broken off for a short Deepavali vacation. The team reassembled in Bombay’s Sahar Airport and arrived in Sharjah late in the evening of 16 November, to play two 45-over matches in the Rothman’s Sharjah Cup.
In order to get a little more time in Bombay before leaving for Australia, the team flew out of Dubai on Friday night 22 November soon after their second match and the ceremonial championship dinner.
The team was seen off again from Bombay Airport by Mr S Sriraman, the President of BCCI, on 25 November. They arrived in Melbourne on 26 November, then flew to Canberra.
Time spent in Australia
(26 November - 10? February)
On-tour selection committee
Kapil Dev (captain), Ravi Shastri (vice-captain), S Venkataraghaven(manager)
The manager, S Venkataraghaven, played against Australian Country XI.