Melbourne: The Indian team (Team India), which suffered from the embarrassment of being full 36 in the first test, came down with the intention of leveling in the second test today. In the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli, this challenge will be very difficult for the visiting team.
In recent years, Team India has not faced the situation like Adelaide. The embarrassing defeat of the first match and the absence of his best player Kohli in the rest of the matches. Acting captain Ajinkya Rahane (Ajinkya Rahane) will have dual responsibility in such a situation.
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The good thing is that future star Shubman Gill is set to make his Test Cricket debut. Likewise, a young bowler like Mohammed Siraj will be present on the field to fill the gap of the injured Mohammed Shami.
The way the defeat was more than the first match loss, it will continue to crush the Indian team for years to come. The next few days will be the real test for Indian players as they face a confident Tim Paine side.
Gill will start the heats with Mayank Agarwal replacing Prithvi Shaw, who is battling poor form. Mayank, who had come out cheaply in the first test, would also like to play a good round at the field where he played in the first test.
#TeamIndia will play its th Test against Australia when the teams face off in the second Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test at the MCG, starting tomorrow. #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/aXTj6kUvHl
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Rishabh Pant, who has scored a century of 73 balls in a practice match, will continue to play aggressively which is also necessary for the team. He shone on the 2018-19 Australian tour, but lost both form and confidence last year which could not make it to the limited squad.
Ravindra Jadeja has recovered from a hamstring and head injury. He can prove to be very useful with his full game and experience. It is believed that Hanuma Vihari will be sent to bat.
Australia captain Tim Paine has said his side will not do anything in this test, although there will be no change in the XI. Penn said: “We know India is proud of their cricket and they are a very talented team. She will definitely come back to the MCG.
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Kohli’s lack cannot be made up but Rahane will need to take on additional responsibility and he can move up the batting order. Cheteshwar Pujara can play with restraint, but coach Ravi Shastri needs to tell him that it is just as important to keep the run rate at a good level so that the pressure from the rest of the batsmen is reduced.
In the absence of Mohammed Shami, the responsibility will be increased on Jaspreet Bumrah and Umesh Yadav. At the same time, the Indian drummers will also need to be mentally strong against Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.
Australian playing eleven: Tim Paine (captain), Joe Burns, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschen, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon.
Game eleven from India: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jaspreet Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj.
ALERT: #TeamIndia for the 2nd test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia which will be played at yesterday’s MCG announced. #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/4g1q3DJmm7
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Match Start Time: Indian Time from 5 a.m.
Ground: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria.