Australia vs India 2018/19: Two Likely Changes In India’s Playing XI For Third Test
Australia bounced back from the defeat in the first Test with a thumping 146-run win over India in the second Test in Perth. It was a clinical performance from Australia as they won their first Test under Paine’s captaincy and also the first since the ball-tampering scandal.
Batting first, Australia piled up 326 before bowling out India for 283 to take a 43-run lead. In the second innings, the hosts scored 243 to set India a target of 287. India, however, never looked in contention to chase down the total. They were eventually all out for just 140 in the first session of the final day.
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The writing was very on the wall when India’s two remaining batting hopes – Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari – departed inside the first 40 minutes on day five. The lower-order failed miserably once again as India lost their last four wickets for just 4 runs.
With the team underperforming, there is little denying that the management would alter with the lineup. So, here we take a look at two changes that India are most likely to make for the crucial third Test, starting December 26 in Melbourne.
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The first and foremost priority will be to change the opening combination. KL Rahul and Murali Vijay once again failed to deliver. With Prithvi Shaw ruled out of the series, Mayank Agarwal has been recalled. And the in-form uncapped opener looks set to replace Rahul who is just wasting every chance that has been given to him. Murali Vijay is also out-of-form but given that Rahul has thrown away so many chances, India is more than likely to replace Rahul with Agarwal then dropping Vijay again.
The second likely change would be to drop one of the pacers to make way for Ravichandran Ashwin in the side. The off-spinner did not play the second Test due to an injury and Indian surprisingly played the game with four pacers. India soon realised their mistake as Nathan Lyon took 8 wickets to walk away with the Man of the Match award. Ashwin is more than likely to replace Umesh Yadav in the team.
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