|Australia v India 2014-15|
ScheduleFriday, 26 December 2014 at 23:30 GMT / 23:30 UK / 05:00 IST
VenueMelbourne Cricket Ground
Team Australia continued with their solid performance against India while winning the second Test by a margin of four wickets. The Kangaroos powered 505 runs in the first innings followed by 6-130 in the second while the visitors managed 408 in the first and 224 in their second innings. Earlier, the home side won the opening Test by 48 runs and they enjoy a lead of 2-0 in the four game series. The home side will look forward to maintain their supremacy in the next Test which will start on the Boxing Day and the tourists will do their best to fight back.
The right hand batsman from Queensland, Joe Burns, has been included in the Test squad who will replace the injured Mitchell Marsh. The stand in Captain, Steven Smith, led his side from the front by smashing 133, 28 runs and Chris Rogers registered fifty in each innings. Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc chipped in with half centuries whereas David Warner, Shane Watson and Shaun Marsh can play useful innings. Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Johnson were the destructive bowlers of the Aussies with 7, 5 and four wickets.
Murali Vijay along with Ajinkya Rahane were the main scorers of India in the first innings with 144 and 81 while Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara contributed 81 and 43 in the second. Virat Kohli was dismissed cheaply in successive innings while Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni are capable of exhibiting big knocks. Ishant Sharma was the supreme bowler with six wickets whereas Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav and Ravichandran Ashwin bowled well in the match.
Friday, December 26 – Tuesday December 30, 2014 @ 23:30 GMT, 10:30 local at Melbourne Cricket Ground.
A cold and mixed weather with the temperatures around 12-23ᵒC.
The skippers from both sides have preferred to bat after winning the toss in the previous two Tests.
The surface will assist the quickies initially but will favour the batsmen as the time progresses.
Australia - Steven Smith (C), David Warner, Chris Rogers, Shane Watson, Shaun Marsh, Joe Burns, Brad Haddin , Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India – MS Dhoni (C), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav.
The hosts are favourite to win the coming encounter.