Here is everything you need to know about the Indian and Australian players to watch out for.
Chopping and changing their playing XI in order to field their best team in the third test of the four-match series, the Indian side has made three changes from the second test. Coming in to bolster the ranks are Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Mayank Aggarwal for the visitors who are moved quickly to paper the cracks on a shocking team selection for the Perth Test, one which saw them hand over their vital lead with a 146 run defeat.
Meanwhile, for Australia, the same winning combination is expected to take to the field once again. Having won them their first test match after the ball-tampering saga at the beginning of this earlier, the team management will be looking to repose faith in this select group of players to give them back to back victories.
Ahead of the third test match between Australia and India, we take a look at Indian and Australian Players to watch out for at the MCG. Our list includes players from both the sides who’ll be quintessential to their team’s fortunes in the upcoming match.
These are the Indian and Australian Players to watch out for:
Having smashed a sublime and graceful century in the first innings at the Optus Stadium on an inconsistent track that was riddled with cracks, Virat Kohli silenced his detractors in style. Being regarded as one of his finest efforts with the bat till date, the Indian captain has shown everyone that he is a player for all formats and pitches and is unstoppable by any bowling line-up in the world.
He is without a doubt one of the most important cogs in India’s tank come the third test with another big inning. His on-field spat with his counterpart Tim Paine caught the eye-balls as well and his never say die spirit and passion to win at any cost will help fuel India’s comeback in the test.
After his heroics at the Adelaide Oval, Pujara looked to take that form into the Perth test match as well. Stringing together a good partnership with his skipper in the first innings of the second match, Pujara was unlucky to find the faintest of edges on a wide delivery. He failed to add much to India’s cause in the second innings as well but his brief stay at the crease showed that he is assured when it comes to tackling Australia’s pace battery.
At number 3, his contributions are once again needed for India come 26 December. India will be hoping he continues to wage his battle and gives the team a foundation to build on as he is typically known for.
With the entire country screaming for him to be included for the Melbourne test, the Indian team management listened to their call, bringing in the all-rounder to serve as an important spinning option for India. Not only will Jadeja help in providing Kohli with a different game-plan in the match but will also help strengthen India’s tail, something that will strongly bolster the visiting side’s batting line-up.
The pressure will be heavy on him to perform well but if he gets going he could prove to be a vital asset for India in their aim to take a 2-1 lead and move one step closer to the series win.
While we are talking about India’s spin option, it is but imperative that Nathan Lyon features on our list of Indian and Australian players to watch out for from Australia. The spinner was one of the major factors India suffered a batting collapse in the second test with Lyon picking up eight wickets in what was a man of the match performance by him.
He’s managed to trouble India consistently throughout the series with the rough areas on the pitches helping him drive the ball into the batsmen. He’ll be a threat once again for Australia who has brought him on as early as the 13th over in both the test matches.
Cleared of playing in the third test after reports showed he had not suffered a fracture in his hand, Finch who looks in ominous touch can help thwart India’s efforts of getting the early breakthrough. He looked good in the first innings in the second test and India will be careful to not let him get away to a good start by bowling with some looseness in the early stages of his innings.