Cricket

India vs Australia: Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj to debut as visitors announce playing XI for second Test

India make four changes to their playing XI for the Boxing Day Test against Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

India vs Australia: Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj to debut as visitors announce playing XI for second Test

Young Shubhman Gill will be making his Test debut in the second Test against Austrlaia. Image: Twitter/ @RealShubmanGill

Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj will make their Test debuts on Saturday as India announced their playing for the Boxing Day Test against Australia, on the eve of the match.

In total, India, which will be led by stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane in the absence of Virat Kohli, have decided to make four changes. Gill comes in to replace struggling opener Prithvi Shaw and is expected to open the innings alongside Mayank Agarwal at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Siraj is a direct replacement for pacer Mohammed Shami who is out of the Test series due to a wrist fracture.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja comes into the side as a replacement for Kohli, who has left for India on paternity leave. Hanuma Vihari has retained his spot in the playing XI and is expected to bat at the No 4 position.

Meanwhile, wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant would be playing at Melbourne in place of Wriddhiman Saha.

India currently trail the four-match series 1-0 after losing the first Test by eight wickets at Adelaide.

India's playing XI for Boxing Day Test: Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Jasprit  Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj.

Updated Date: December 25, 2020 12:38:41 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

‘Pat Cummins’s intensity with red ball was very challenging’: Shubman Gill shares the toughest spell he has faced
First Cricket News

‘Pat Cummins’s intensity with red ball was very challenging’: Shubman Gill shares the toughest spell he has faced

Shubman Gill said that the situation at Gabba in the fourth Test match was tailor made for him to play his natural game.

CWG 2022: Twitter reacts after India lose 0-7 to Australia in men's hockey to bag silver medal
Sports

CWG 2022: Twitter reacts after India lose 0-7 to Australia in men's hockey to bag silver medal

India men’s hockey team won the silver medal after they were thrashed 0-7 by Australia in the final at Birmingham.

India vs Zimbabwe: Men in Blue gear up for ODI series with intense net session
First Cricket News

India vs Zimbabwe: Men in Blue gear up for ODI series with intense net session

The series is set to start from 18 August onwards and will go on till 22 August.