India has made four changes for the boxing test in Australia while Rishabh Pant returns Cricket news

India made four changes for the second test against Australia at MCG with Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj making their debut, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja also coming to XI; Prithvi Shaw and Wriddhiman Saha resigned after the humiliation of Adelaide

Last updated: 25/12/20 08:58

Rishabh Pant returns to India XI for a boxing test against Australia at MCG

Rishabh Pant returns to India XI for a boxing test against Australia at MCG

India has made four changes in its attempt to repel the shelling in Adelaide, but is facing a tough fight as Australian captain Tim Paine wants the hosts to continue their relentless run in the second test in Melbourne.

Tourists were knocked out due to a record low intake of a total of 36 in Adelaide, where Australia triumphed in three days and took a 1-0 lead in a series of four tests.

The combination of poor form, injury and father’s absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli forced for change, which would lead to hitting top striker Shubman Gill and fast Mohammed Siraj in a boxing test.

Re-prepared versatile Ravindra Jadeja and Wicketha goalkeeper Rishabh Pant are also returning to the side to be led by Ajinkya Rahane in Kohli’s absence.

Out-of-form opener Prithvi Shaw and goalkeeper Wriddhiman Saha fell as Siraj thanked his involvement for a fist injury Mohammed Shami sustained while hitting Adelaide.

Prithvi Shaw was left out after scoring just four runs in the first test

Prithvi Shaw was left out after scoring just four runs in the first test

“Every individual on this team can really do well, so it’s really a challenge for the captain and management to pick XI,” Rahane said in a video conference on Friday.

“We only had one bad hour [in Adelaide]. It’s about staying positive, backing up your own abilities, and striking at partnerships. “

Earlier on Friday, Australian counterpart Rahana Paine said that even without Kohli and others, injured tourists are more than able to turn their fortunes around.

“The moment we take our foot off the pedal and think we’re going well [performances can slip]”Paine told reporters.” Our huge focus … was winning after winning.

“We prepared great for this game.”

Josh Hazlewood took 5-8 while India took 36 tests in the first test in Adelaide

Josh Hazlewood took 5-8 while India took 36 tests in the first test in Adelaide

Paine’s side will likely be unchanged for this clash, and coach Justin Langer almost confirmed it on Thursday when he said it would be a “pretty brave man” who kicked someone out of the Adelaide game.

The match will also be played in the shadow of a coronavirus pandemic, and the fate of the third test in Sydney is still in the air due to a fresh outbreak on the city’s northern beaches that has caused locking and closing of borders.

The Melbourne test also typically attracts large crowds, but COVID-19 restrictions limited the crowd to 30,000.

“It’s going to be different, isn’t it,” Paine said. “I think we’re just happy to have played the MC Boxing Day Test at MCG.”

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