Aus vs Ind 2nd Test: At the beginning of the practice session, head coach Ravi Shastri spoke to the players. The BCCI wrote on Twitter, ‘We are in Melbourne and the test is about to start with the red ball. This is the preparation time for the hashtag Team India.
Melbourne: After an embarrassing defeat in the first Test, the team management can make many changes in the XI for the second Test starting 26 in Melbourne. And the signs of this change have come from the beginning Net practice.
The Indian team along with caretaker captain Ajinkya Rahane started preparing for the Boxing Day Test starting on Saturday and Shubman Gill was also seen practicing on the nets. Gill did not get a chance in the first match despite scoring 43 and 65 in the practice match played with pink ball.
He practiced with Mayank Agarwal, which indicated that both could start the innings in the second Test. Gill, who started the innings in the Ranji Trophy for Punjab, can be preferred over Prithvi Shaw, who is struggling with poor form.
He practiced for an hour and bowled to his Saurashtra teammate Cheteshwar Pujara. After this he returned again in the second season.
In the second innings of the first Test in Adelaide, the Indian team was dismissed for their lowest score of Test cricket for 36 runs. Captain Virat Kohli has gone home on paternity leave and now Rahane will take charge of the team.
At the start of the practice session, head coach Ravi Shastri spoke to the players. The BCCI wrote on Twitter, ‘We are in Melbourne and the test is about to start with the red ball. This is the time of preparation for the hashtag Team India.
Shastri also spoke to Rishabh Pant who came for batting practice before Riddhiman Saha. Pant, who scored 103 off 73 balls in the practice match, could be replaced by Saha in the second Test.
Mohammed Shami will not be able to play the rest of the match due to wrist fracture. Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini bowled Rahane along with Shardul Thakur, batting coach Vikram Rathod spoke with Shaw, who is under tremendous pressure to retain his place in the team after a poor performance in Adelaide.
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