Melbourne: In first session of Boxing Day Test, R Ashwin took two for 17, including the wicket of Australian batting mainstay Steve Smith, to give India the edge at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia went to lunch at 65 for three wickets.
Tim Paine and Cameron Green are the batsmen at the crease on Day 1 of the 2nd Test match against India at the MCG. Matthew Wade, Joe Burns, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head are the five batsmen dismissed so far. Wade looked confident during his knock of 30 runs off 39 deliveries, taking the attack to Umesh Yadav.
Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah have accounted for the five dismissals. Ashwin has dismissed Wade and Smith, with Burns and Head dismissed by Bumrah. Siraj sent back Labuschagne to register his first Test wicket.
Australia opted to bat after skipper Tim Paine won the toss. The hosts are fielding an unchanged lineup. Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj are making their Test debuts for the visitors. Ravindra Jadeja and Rishabh Pant are further back in the starting XI for India.
India vs Australia 2nd Test playing 11
India playing 11: Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.
Australia playing 11: Matthew Wade, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
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