SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Indian batsman VVS Laxman (L) drives as Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist (L) looks on, on the first day of the fourth Test Match against India in Sydney 02 January 2004. WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images

The world's number one Test team Australia takes on world number two India in the 16th meeting for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

India are the current holders with Australia's last series win coming in 2014/15. The upcoming 2023 series will be hosted in India and will be a series of four tests commencing in February.

With this series set up to be an excellent display of quality, it is time to take a trip down memory lane and look at the best five Test series against our Indian rivals.


5. 2011/12 Border-Gavaskar series

Result: Australia wins 4-0, Michael Clarke Player of the Series.

This absolute demolition of a series was a personal favourite growing up because of the first Test being one of the tightest games, with Australia winning by 122 runs.

There aren't many other Test series that can rival the demolition of this one and it is the equal all-time biggest margin of victory in a Test series between India and Australia. This series was against an excellent India team. Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan and Umesh Yadav were the squad for the first Test.

Absolute legends of the game of cricket, let alone of India.

This team on paper you'd think would put up a real fight against an Australian team. The team for the first Test consisted of Ed Cowan, David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Ben Hilfenhaus, and Nathan Lyon.

The first Test saw Australia bowled firstly for 333 runs with Cowan the top scorer. He scored 68 from 177 balls, more than double his eventual Test average of 31.28. India then felt the shimmy of Hilfenhaus who took 5/75, bowling India out for 282. Sehwag, Dravid and Tendulkar all passed 50 and had India at 2/214 but were all clean bowled as India collapsed.

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 02: Michael Clarke of Australia during day 2 of the 3rd Test match between South Africa and Australia at Sahara Park Newlands on March 02, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Australia then endured an early collapse at 4/27 with Yadav cleaning through the top order targeting the stumps. Scores from Ponting 60 (97) and Hussey 89 (151) meant Australia managed 240. Australia then ripped through India in just 47.5 overs, resulting in an 122-run win.

Australia backed up the first Test with another brilliant display with bat and ball. India was again quickly dismissed on day one, all out for 191 before a legendary innings commenced. Australia then piled on 659/4 with Clarke and Hussey combining for Australia's 12th highest ever partnership.

Clarke scored (at the time) the fourth highest individual score of 329 not out. Not to mention the fact Ponting notched 134 and Hussey scored 150 not out. India replied with a respectable 400 with an impressive 62 from Ashwin but the damage had been done. Australia won by an innings and 68 runs.

India then lost back-to-back games by over an innings. A rare sight for a team of their quality. Australia dismissed them for just 161 this time before David Warner and Ed Cowan combined for a 214-run opening partnership. Australia ended with 369 total and bowled India for 171. India finished with four ducks including two golden ducks, losing by an innings and 37 runs.

The record books were again written in the final Test as Ponting and Clarke both made over 200 runs each. Ponting with 221, Clarke with 210. It is the fifth highest ever Australian partnership of all-time, and one of only 17 times two players have both scored double-centuries in an innings.

The Aussies declared for 604/7, with Peter Siddle then taking 5/49 leaving India in deep trouble again. All out for 272, only a Virat Kohli century saved them for further embarrassment. Australia declared quickly at 167/5 then wrapped up a whitewash, winning by 298 runs.