This was Australia’s first Test series in India (aside
from the one-off Test in 1996) since the tied Test series of 1986-87, and
Steve Waugh was the only survivor from that team. Australia
had not won a Test match in India
since 1969-70; but, having triumphed away from home over England, South
Africa, Sri Lanka
and West Indies, had built a sequence of nine consecutive victories in Test
series since that against Pakistan
1994-95.It remained to win a series
but the Indians resisted that, winning the first two Tests by comfortable
The Aussies salvaged some pride
by winning the one day tri-series with India
and Zimbabwe, beating India in the
final under the captaincy of Steve Waugh.He had taken over from Mark Taylor according to the Australian Board’s
new policy of having separate captains for Tests and one-dayers.
Both teams then travelled to Sharjah
for yet another triangular contest, this time with New Zealand.
had a stomach injury where he had torn an abdominal muscle;Jason Gillespie;and Simon Cook also injured.
Tour Party announced:9 February 1998.
Elliott, Andy Bichel.
Off-spinner Gavin Robertson, who toured Sri Lanka and Pakistan
in 1994 was called up from Sydney
grade cricket to allow Warne time off between Tests.
One-day squad announced:18 March
was originally selected for the ODIs but withdrew following his injury during
the Test series. Adam Dale took his place in the squad.Ian Harvey was added to the squad later.
Time between selection and departure from Australia
(9 February - 20 February
The team flew out of Sydney on 20 February and arrived in Mumbai
on 21 February.
The four one-day players left Australia on
Wednesday 25 March. Bevan had flown out the day before to join the Test squad
and Fleming on Saturday 20 March.
Time spent in India
(21 February - 15 April)
Mark Taylor (captain),Geoff Marsh (coach),Steve Waugh (vice-captain).
D W Fleming
Damien Fleming left
Melbourne on 20 March and arrived in Calcutta next day as a replacement for Paul Reiffelwho injured a shoulder bowling in the first
Test. Fleming was due to arrive the following week with the one-day players
but was rushed out because Paul Wilson
was unwell, with an abdominal complaint. Wilson and Reiffel both flew home
during the third Test match.
Adam Dale remained on tour to take Wilson’s
place in the one-day tournaments in India and Sharjah
Michael Bevan was
called for on 21 March and arrived on 24 March to cover for Steve Waugh
Three other players had been selected for the ODI
series : Gilchrist, Moody and Martyn.
Ian Harvey was
added to the squad for Sharjah owing to concerns about the fitness of Warne (shoulder)
and Moody (hamstring).He arrived in Dubai on 14 April from the Maldives where he had been on
holiday. South Australian spinner Brad Young was also placed on stand-by.
The B C C I(Board of
Control for Cricket in India)
had announced the itinerary on 21 January 1998.
Lost 10 w
Board President's XI
LOST 179 r
LOST inns 219 r
WON 8 w
India (1st Pepsi
Lost 41 r
Zimbabwe (2nd Pepsi
Won 13 r
India(3rd Pepsi tri-series ODI)
Lost 6 w
Zimbabwe(4th Pepsi tri-series ODI)
Won 16 r
India(Pepsi tri-series ODI final)
Won 4 w
Zealand (1st Coca Cola Cup
Won 6 w
India(2nd Coca Cola Cup ODI)
Won 58 r
Zealand (3rd Coca Cola Cup
Won 5 w
India(4th Coca Cola Cup ODI)
Won scoring rate
India(Coca Cola Cup ODI Final)
Lost 6 w
† not first-class
§one-day internationals (Pepsi Triangular Cup and Coca-Cola Cup
Warne passed Lance Gibbs’s record of 309 Test victims, the most wickets by a
spin bowler in Tests.
Healy (90) added 96 runs for the 9th wicket with debutant Gavin Robertson
(57) at Chennai.
Waugh scored 153 not out at Bangalore adding 106 with Darren Lehmann, who
made 53 in his first Test innings (eight years after winning a place in the
Australian XII and being made 12th man).
•Michael Kasprowicz took 5-28 and Gavin
Robertson 3-28, putting India
all out for only 169 at Bangalore.
•Skipper Mark Taylor scored 102* as Australia passed its victory target in the
third Test at Bangalore.
•Michael Bevan’s innings of 75 not out
brought Australia victory
in the one-day final in Delhi.
Other first-class matches
ϯ Minor matches
§ One-day internationals (India)
§ One-day internationals (Sharjah)
Paul Reiffel returned home early with injury before the third
Test match, as did Paul Wilson..
As the Pepsi ODI series began, five other players returned early
Taylor, Healy, Blewett, Slater and MacGill. Steve Waugh took over the
captaincy for the one-day tournaments.
After the one-day final, the
team took an Emirates flight from New Delhi,
delayed by morning fog, to Dubai
Airport on 15 April.
There was further delay when airport authorities refused to allow some
players to pass through with video cassettes.They then travelled on to the desert kingdom
of Sharjah, for yet another
triangular one-day tournament, this one between Australia,
India and New Zealand.
Waugh’s limited-overs team
arrived home in Sydney
on 27 April.
Time away from Australia
(20 February to 27 April)
Pepsi entered an agreement with the Indian Board in September
1994 to sponsor the Test and one-day triangular. They had to go to court to
enforce that with the Indian Board.
accounts of the tour
The Australians were tired out
after the India
tour but were required to fulfil another engagement in Sharjah before they
could return home.
On return from Sharjah, Shane
Warne had to undergo a shoulder operation, which ruled him out of Australia’s next tour (to Pakistan
Mark Taylor considered quitting
the Test captaincy because he disagreed with the selection policy of choosing
a separate captain for limited-overs matches.