Ind-Aus Playing XI’s : Gill, Siraj to make Test debut as KL Rahul benched again; Australia to play with same team in Boxing Day Test

India vs Australia 2nd Test Playing XI – India made 4 changes in the playing XI that played in Adelaide as they finalize their squad for the 2nd Test starting in Melbourne on Saturday. On the other hand, Australia will enter the Melbourne Test with an unchanged squad.

Indian team playing XI for 2nd Test : India make 4 changes in the squad

Indian Playing XI for 2nd test is announced. Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant have been included in the Indian playing XI for the Boxing day Test. At the same time Prithvi Shaw, Wridhimman Saha have been shown the door, as InsideSport reported earlier.

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Another change in the playing XI was the inclusion of Ravindra Jadeja. The Indian allrounder is fit now and has replaced Virat Kohli as India decided to strengthen their bowling department. Also, Mohammed Siraj has replaced Mohammed Shami.

Team India XI: Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin and Mohd. Siraj

Here are the changes that Team India is set to make for the Boxing Day Test:

Ravindra Jadeja replaces Virat Kohli: With Kohli unavailable for the rest of the tour as he is returning to India for the birth of his first child, Jadeja has replaced the Indian skipper for the Melbourne Test.

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Shubman Gill replaces Prithvi Shaw: Opener Prithvi Shaw was a huge disappointment for Team India as he registered scores of 0 and 4 in the two innings of the first Test. Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc brutally exposed Shaw’s flawed technique, sending the ball to send his stumps clattering through the big gap between his bat and pad. As expected, Shaw faced an axe in favour of Shubman Gill, who has been garnering a lot of praise and attention for his composure at the crease and decent performances in the IPL 2020 where he amassed 440 runs.

Moreover, Gill, who opened in the second warm-up match against Australia A with Shaw, registered telling scores of 43 and 65 in the first and second innings respectively. Gill also has an outstanding first-class record to back his reputation and plays as an opener for his state side of Punjab.

Interestingly, Gill will make his Test debut in Melbourne.

Rishabh Pant replaces Wriddhiman Saha: It has been more than three years since Wriddhiman Saha scored a fifty or a ton in Test cricket. He has been impeccable with his skills behind the wickets but yet to leave an impact with the bat on bigger stages.
Saha’s poor run continued in the pink-ball Test against Australia where India went through the worst batting collapse, registering their lowest team total ever in Tests. He managed to score 9 and 4 in both innings respectively. Hence, Saha is replaced by Rishabh Pant, who played a scintillating knock in the second day-night warm-up against Australia A. The 23-year-old had smashed a stunning 103 runs off 77 deliveries.

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Moreover, in their last tour to Australia, Kohli-led India, had created a history by winning their first Test series on the Australian soil by 2-1 in 2018-19. Rishabh Pant had essayed the role of the wicketkeeper for the entire tour and had played an instrumental role both with the bat and gloves in his team’s victory.

The southpaw had hammered 350 runs across four games at an average of 58.33 and had taken as many as 20 catches. He had also launched an assault on the Australian bowlers in the Sydney Test by registering his highest Test score of 159* off just 189 deliveries.

Mohammed Siraj replaces Mohammed Shami: India pacer Shami is already out of the Border-Gavaskar series with a fractured arm.

And he has been replaced by Mohammed Siraj. The Hyderabad pacer put up an impressive show in the two tour games and was also lethal in the IPL 2020, in which he became the first bowler in IPL history to bowl two maiden overs as he ended with figures of 4-2-8-3 against KKR while playing for RCB.

Like Gill, Siraj will also make his Test debut in Melbourne.

Australia to enter Melbourne Test without any change to their XI

David Warner is ruled out of the MCG test which means Australia is unlikely to make any change in the playing XI on the Boxing Day. Coach Justin Langer has also hinted on Thursday that Australia will make no changes in the XI that routed India in Adelaide.

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Australia Playing XI: Tim Paine (c), Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade

India Playing XI: Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin and Mohd. Siraj