Australia vs India: Groundmen prepare the ground for MCG prior to the second test.© AFP
India will play its 100th Test against Australia, as they meet in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday. Both teams first played the series in 1947/48, in which Australia outwitted India and won the series 4-0. On Twitter, BCCI wrote: “#TeamIndia will play their 100th Test against Australia when the teams compete in the second Border-Gavaskar Trophy Test at the MCG, starting tomorrow. #AUSvIND.” Ahead of the on-going Test series, India first won the series against Australia in their home situation in their final tour of 2018/19 when Virat Kohli-led squad beat the hosts 2-1.
Earlier in the day, India named their playing XI for the second Test. The visitors made four changes when Shubman Gill came in for Prithvi Shaw, Ravindra Jadeja for Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant for Wriddhiman Saha and Mohammed Siraj for Mohammad Shami. Gill and Siraj will make their debut in the red ball game.
Virat Kohli will miss the remaining series because he was given paternity leave from the BCCI to be with his wife Anushka Sharma for the birth of their first child. In Kohli’s absence, Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Indian side.
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.
India is down 1-0 in the four-game run after a humiliating eight-wicket loss in the pink ball test.
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