India vs Australia Live Score, 2nd Test, Day 1: Unchanged Australia opt to bat, India make four changes

India vs Australia live score, 2nd Test Day 1: Australian captain Tim Paine won the toss and opted to bat first after winning the toss. For cricket fans, the day after Christmas is always special as it brings the Boxing Day Test. India would be hoping that there is something inside their box that helps them turn things around in the 2nd Test against Australia. Under the leadership of stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane, India have made four changes to their playing XI that lost in Adelaide. Young Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj are making their debuts while a fit-again Ravindra Jadeja has come in for regular captain Virat Kohli while Wriddhiman Saha has been replaced by Rishabh Pant as India have taken drastic measures after the lowest of lows in Adelaide. There are exact opposite scenes in the Australian camp. Despite David Warner’s unavailability, they look a settled unit, captain Tim Paine never looked so good, so certain. So it will be advantage Australia in the IND vs AUS 2nd Test.

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Big day for Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj

Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj are making their debuts for India. The last time India played with multiple debutants was in 2013 against West Indies at Kolkata with Rohit Sharma and Mohammed Shami being the debutants.

The last time India played with multiple debutants against Australia was in 2004 at Mumbai with Dinesh Karthik and Gautam Gambhir being the debutants.

This is only the 4th instance of India playing with multiple debutants in a Test match in Australia. The last such instance was in 1967 at Adelaide with Umesh Kulkarni and Syed Abid Ali being the debutants.

Since 1993, this is the 1st instance of any team with multiple debutants at MCG. South Africa were the last team to do so with Gary Kirsten and Fannie de Villiers as debutantes.

100th Test match between India-Australia

As if we needed an occasion to celebrate India vs Australia. But it doesn’t hurt when you get one. Today’s India vs Australia Boxing Day Test is the 100th Test match between these two countries, only England have played more against Australia, tells you about the rich history between India and Australia.

IND vs AUS live score, 2nd Test Day 1

“Christmas was very quiet, we had half the families here. We didn’t the big buffet which was a pretty good thing (laughs). We had a good night at Adelaide, but we have spoken about the fact that series wins are more important over individual wins. Every match becomes important with the WTC points as well now. Obviously David Warner has missed the game. He should be ready for the next one which is exciting, but we have great depth in our side,” said Tim Paine at the toss.

‘It’s an honour’ for Ajinkya Rahane

“First of all it is an honour to lead my country and this bunch of guys. We dominated the first two days at Adelaide and it was just that one hour that took it away from us. We just need to focus on the moment. Really excited for Shubhman and Siraj; they have worked really hard and have great FC records. Jadeja is a quality all-rounder, is batting really well lately and adds that balance as well. We were looking to bat first as well, but we now have to be patient,” said Rahane at the toss.

India Playing XI

Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

Australia (Playing XI)

Matthew Wade, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

TOSS UPDATE

Australia win the toss and opt to bat first against India in Melbourne. It was a no-brainer for Tim Paine actually, the side winning the toss had to bat first.

 

India vs Australia 2nd Test live: How’s the pitch

Here’s the pitch for Day 1 of the IND vs AUS Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

 

Big test for Ajinkya Rahane

Virat Kohli not being there for a Test match as big as this is a big thing. For Ajinkya Rahane, it is even bigger. It not only places him on the centrestage but also makes him the focal point of India’s quest to turn things around in this series. Rahane has led India twice – one against Australia in 2017 and once against Afghanistan in 2018 – and on both occasions, India won. This time, however, it will be a different test altogether. India are trailing 1-0 and he will lead India for three matches on the trot as Kohli has flown back home for the birth of is child.

Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj get Test caps

Shubman Gill has been handed over his Test cap by head coach Ravi Shastri. Mohammed Siraj gets his cap from Ravichandran Ashwin.

Australia unchanged

Australia are likely to field an unchanged XI that beat India by 8 wickets in the first Test. That means Joe Burns and Matthew Wade will continue to open the batting. There were of course, no question marks on the spots of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Nathan Lyon.

IND vs AUS 2nd Test live : Four changes for India

Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj are set to make their debuts today. Gill will open the batting with Mayank Agarwal. If luck favours him then Siraj might start with the new ball (depending on the toss of course). The other two big changes in the Indian side of course are the returns of Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant in place of Virat kohli and Wriddhiman Saha.

India vs Australia live score, 2nd Test Day 1

Christmas parties are over (or about to be) and the cricket fever will now set in. Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the India vs Australia 2nd Test in Melbourne. It’s IND vs AUS and it’s Boxing Day, it doesn’t get bigger than this.

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