The third game of the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2018-19 will see Australia take on India in Melbourne. The Boxing Day Test is expected to be full house with plenty of support for the Aussies.
Skipper Tim Paine will be pleased with the way his side made a comeback in the second game in Perth to square the series. The series is 1-1 at the moment, with all to play in the remaining two games.
India face uphill battle against Australia
AUS vs IND 3rd Test Team News
The opening pair of Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch came good in the game played in Perth. Harris scored 70 runs in the first innings and added over 100-run stand with Finch to see Australia post a decent total on the board. Finch also found form with the bat and scored a crucial half-century.
Shaun Marsh also produced a crucial innings with the bat. Usman Khuwaja has not looked a little off-color with the bat. Left-hander produced a crucial 72 runs in the second innings to see Australia post a winning score on the board.
Peter Handscomb will be dropped to accommodate Mitchell Marsh in the side for the Boxing Day Test. Left-arm quick Mitchell Starc bowled well and produced breakthroughs with the new-ball. Nathan Lyon once again had an excellent game with the ball as he claimed eight wickets in the game.
On the other hand, India will make one or two changes for this game. Mayank Agarwal is set to make his debut for India at MCG and replace Lokesh Rahul in the XI. Murali Vijay has managed to retain his place in the side as they are no options for the opening slot for the team management.
India will be hoping that Skipper Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara can produce runs in this game. They have been India’s two premier players in Test cricket over the past three years. Pujara missed out on runs in Perth and would be keen to get back on track and score runs in the Boxing Day Test.
Mohammad Shami had an excellent game with the ball in hand. Jaspreet Bumrah and Ishant Sharma were tidy in line and lengths. Umesh Yadav might be replaced by Bhuvneshwar Kumar while Ravendra Jadeja might come in for Ravi Ashwin, who is not 100 percent fit.
Expected XIs for AUS vs IND 3rd Test
Possible XI: Usman Khuwaja, Tim Paine (captain &wk), Mitchell Marsh/Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Travis Head, Mitchell Starc.
Possible XI: Virat Kohli (captain), Mayank Agarwal/Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant (wk), Murali Vijay, Hanuma Vihari, Mohammad Shami, Jaspreet Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin/Ravendra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav/Bhuvneshwar Kumar.