Aus skipper wary as India make four changes for Melbourne
Australia skipper Tim Paine Friday called India a proud nation that won’t roll over in the Boxing Day Test, and Australia must be “bang on the mark” to inflict more misery after their Adelaide collapse.
Australia head into the 2nd Test in Melbourne full of confidence after thumping the visitors by eight wickets inside three days last week, skittling them for an embarrassing 36 in the second innings.
But Paine said it would be a mistake to underestimate India despite the tourists missing superstar captain Virat Kohli, who has returned home for the birth of his first child.
They are also without pace spearhead Mohammed Shami, who has reportedly fractured his wrist.
“We can’t pay any attention to mental scares or whatever anyone is talking about,” Paine said of India, who were savaged at home for their Adelaide capitulation.
“I mean, India is a proud cricket country, they are an extremely talented Test match side with lots of dangerous players.”
India has made four changes to their team, with Shubman Gill in for out-of-form opener Prithvi Shaw and Mohammad Siraj replacing Shami.
Rishabh Pant takes over from Wriddhiman Saha as wicketkeeper while experienced allrounder Ravindra Jadeja is back from injury.
On the other hand, Australia are expected to name the same XI.
Paine said Australia had studied everyone in the Indian squad and they were ready for whoever took the field.
“We know that some of the players they’re talking about coming into their side … are dangerous players who like to take the game on and will play positively,” he said ahead of India’s team announcement.