India after the thrilling win in the first test match against Australia is heading strongly towards the strong possible plan for the 2nd match to be played at Perth. Indian Team has made some strong changes in their squad as they have ruled out two senior players. The strong news is Rohit and Ashwin who played decently in the first test have been ruled out of this match.
Scrapfilter Special: Possible Changes And Team News Of Indian Team For Perth Test
Green pitches and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have had a symbiotic relationship over the last few years. He’s after all the first name to be inked in whenever the team management spots a pitch with any amount of green on it.
And with R Ashwin ruled out – one of three injuries reported from the Indian camp – it looks very likely that Kumar will come in for him and make it only the third time India have gone into a Test match without a specialist spinner.
Ravindra Jadeja has been named in the final 13 but is unlikely to get a go, not on this pitch with his style of spin very unlikely to generate much of a bother. Hanuma Vihari is a shoo-in with Rohit Sharma out with a “jarred” back, and though he doesn’t turn his arm overmuch for his state team, his off-spin is looked at by the Indian think-tank as a useful add-on to have in the mix.
Ashwin was spotted having a long chat with the chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad, and the lengthy break between now and the Boxing Day Test should allow him to recover in time. But considering the Aussie top-order’s travails against the moving ball, the hosts might end up ruing Ashwin’s loss more than his own team, since it opens the door for Bhuvneshwar.
Team India Probable XI:
Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.
Australia Probable XI:
Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (c & wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
The overwhelming feeling in the Aussie camp is that the momentum going into the second Test is still with them more than India, despite their defeat.
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