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Australia handed or rather India asked for a defeat in the first test match of the ongoing test series between both the teams. India was in the driving seat for a larger part of the test match. But on day 3 India lost all the momentum. India scored 36 runs, the lowest score in test-cricket history. Target in front of Australia was 89 runs, and they reached there comfortably. 

The teams will now move to Melbourne to play the second test of the series. 

This would be the 100th test match between both the teams. Australia has played 351 test matches against England, 116 against West Indies and 98 test matches against South Africa. While India has played the most number of test matches (122) against England. 

Overall, England has played the most number (1028) of test matches followed by Australia (831) and West Indies (550).

What is the Boxing-Day Test? 

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The Melbourne Cricket Ground

The second test match of the series will also be called boxing-day test. In the earlier times, rich people used to give gifts to poor people in a ‘box’ on the very next day of christmas. This is the reason behind the name ‘boxing-day’ test. Cricket Australia has organized a test match on this day since 1980. In the last 20 years, Australia has lost only 3 boxing-day test matches and 2 matches ended in a draw.

Head to Head

India and Australia have played 13 test matches at Melbourne. Out of this, Australia has won 8 while India has won 3. 2 test matches ended in a draw. 

India won the last boxing-day test match by a margin of 137 runs. Also, the test match played at Melbourne in 2014 ended in a draw.  

Injury Updates

India will miss the services of Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami. Kohli has taken paternity leave and is back in India to be with Anushka Sharma during the birth of their first-child. Mohammed Shami is out of the series due to a fractured arm. Shami was hit on his hand while batting during the first test match. 

For Australia, both David Warner and Sean Abbott will be absent. Warner who suffered a groin injury during the ODIs has not fully recovered. While Abbott has recovered from the calf injury that he sustained during one of the practice matches. But both of them spent time outside of the bio-secure bubble and hence were not allowed by Cricket Australia to be a part of this match.

Playing XI

BCCI’s twitter handle posted the videos of Shubhman Gill and Ravindra Jadeja. This might be a hint that both of them would play the boxing-day test match. Prithvi Shaw could also be dropped from the side because of his batting during the first test match. Same could happen with Hanuma Vihari and Wriddhimaan Saha. Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant can replace both of them in the team. KL Rahul can also find his place in the team.

India’s Probable XI

KL Rahul

Mayank Aggarwal

Cheteswar Pujara

Shubhman Gill

Ajinkya Rahane (c)

Rishabh Pant (wk)

Ravindra Jadeja

Ravichandran Ashwin

Jasprit Bumrah

Umesh Yadav

Navdeep Saini/Mohammad Siraj

Australia’s Probable XI

Australia has added no new players to their team, and hence the same XI would field during the second test match.

Joe Burns

Matthew Wade

Marnus Labuschagne

Steven Smith

Travis Head

Cameron Green

Tim Paine (c & wk)

Pat Cummins

Mitchell Starc

Nathan Lyon

Josh Hazlewood

The match will start at 5am IST on 26th December 2020. 

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