SYDNEY: The touring Indian cricketers and their home team counterparts were hosted by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott for afternoon tea at his official residence on the New Year's Day on Thursday.
Players from both sides posed for the official photo session with Abbott at Kirribilli House, his second official residence.
Dressed in their casual Team India T-Shirts and trousers, the players were photographed with Abbott. BCCI posted the pictures on its Twitter handle.
"The Indian cricket team was hosted for afternoon tea by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the first day of the new year, on Thursday," said a BCCI official.
Team India were honoured to be hosted by the Australian PM, Mr. Tony Abbott, for afternoon tea at Kirribilli House. pic.twitter.com/u9lwxMS2qw
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 1, 2015
There was another photograph of the newly-appointed Indian captain Virat Kohli, his Australian counterpart Steven Smith and Abbott.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni -- who retired from Tests after the Melbourne match -- was not seen in any of the photos posted. It remains unclear whether he attended the event or not.
India and Australia play their fourth and final Test from January 6.