India vs Australia 2nd Test – A four-Test Match Border Gavaskar series is being played between India and Australia. Australia won the 1st Test of Border Gavaskar series by 8 wickets and lead by 1-0 in the test series. Now the 2nd Test match is to be played between the two teams from Saturday (December 26, Boxing Day), which will be played at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). In the first Test, Team India was able to score only 36 runs in the second innings, so in the second Test, some big changes can be seen in the team. Captain Virat Kohli is going on the paternity leave, while Mohammed Shami will no longer be able to take part in this series due to hand injury. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the team India in the remaining three test matches.
India vs Australia 2nd Test Possible Changes –
1- KL Rahul in place of Prithvi Shaw: KL Rahul’s form has been good in limited overs cricket, so he can get the responsibility of starting the innings instead of Shaw. Shaw is expected to be dropped from the team, the way he was dismissed in both innings of Adelaide Test match, since then he may be dropped from the team for some time.
2- Shubman Gill in place of Virat Kohli: Rahul and Mayank Agarwal can open the innings, while Shubman Gill can be fielded for batting at number four in place of Virat Kohli. Shubman Gill impressed with his batting in a practice match on this tour, apart from this he also appeared in good form during the recent season of IPL.
3- Rishabh Pant in place of Saha: Saha was also irresponsibly dismissed in both the Test innings and also missed few catches during wicketkeeping. Looking forward, Rishabh Pant could be included in place of Saha in playing XI. Now it has to be seen that if Rishabh Pant gets a chance, then how do he redeem it.
4- Ravindra Jadeja in place of Hanuma Vihari: Vihari looked completely out of bat with the Adelaide Test. Vihari contributed 16 runs in the first innings and only 8 runs in the second innings. Talking about Ravindra Jadeja, he can contribute to the team with both bat and ball. Jadeja has won hearts with his batting in the recent past, so he can be preferred over Vihari.
5- Mohammed Siraj replacing Mohammed Shami: Shami’s injury is a big blow for Team India. Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishant Sharma, all three bowlers, played a key role in Team India’s 2–1 series win on the previous tour of Australia. Ishant was already out of the Test series and now Shami is also out. It is believed that Siraj will be replaced in the playing XI.
India vs Australia 2nd Test Match Details
Date: December 26-30, 2020
Time: 9.30 AM IST
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
India vs Australia 2nd Test Match Probable Playing XI
Team India probable playing XI for Melbourne Test: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Jaspreet Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj.
Australia probable playing XI for Melbourne Test:: Joe Burns, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Tim Paine (C/wk), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood.
Australia vs India 2nd Test Live Streaming
The live telecast of Australia vs India 2nd Test match will be on DD Sports and Sony Six and Sony LIV.