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India v Australia 2nd test: Playing XI announced as Gill, Siraj to make debuts; Rahul not included

Vishnu Vasisht

2nd test Playing XI

The 2nd test of the four-match Test series between India and Australia will be played in Melbourne from tomorrow i.e. December 26. A day before the Boxing Day Test match, Team India has announced its playing XI. In this match, Ajinkya Rahane will captain Team India in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli.

Young batsman Shubman Gill will make his Test debut. Shubman Gill has been included in the playing eleven in place of Prithvi Shaw.

Four changes have been made in Team India's playing eleven for the Melbourne Test. Shubman Gill will open with Mayank Agarwal in place of Prithvi Shaw. Rishabh Pant has been included in the playing eleven as the wicketkeeper batsman. Wriddhiman Saha has been ruled out of the playing eleven.

The playing XI

1. Ajinkya Rahane (captain)
2. Mayank Agarwal
3. Shubman Gill (debut)
4, Cheteshwar Pujara (vice-captain)
5. Hanuma Vihari
6. Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper)
7. Ravindra Jedja
8. R Ashwin
9. Umesh Yadav
10. Jasprit Bumrah
11. Mohammad Siraj (Debut)

Siraj replaces Shami

Fast bowler Mohammad Siraj has got the opportunity to make his debut in place of Mohammad Shami, who was out of Team India for 6 weeks due to a wrist injury. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been included in the playing eleven in place of Virat Kohli. Kohli has returned to India for the birth of his first child.

26-year-old fast bowler Mohammad Siraj took a total of 5 wickets in the practice matches played before the Test series. Siraj has taken 152 wickets in 38 first class matches at an average of 23.44.

Pant gets chance in place of Wriddhiman Saha

Senior wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has been ruled out. Wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha scored 9 and 4 in the first match which had raised questions on his selection.

The most shocking decision was that despite great form, KL Rahul was ignored for the Melbourne Test. After the departure of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul was considered the biggest contender for his spot in the playing eleven. Talking about Rahul's test record, he has scored 2,006 runs in 36 matches. Rahul's best score in tests is 199.

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