AUS vs IND Dream11 Prediction for 2nd Test: Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane will lead exhausted India into the second Test starting on Dec 26 (Boxing Day Test) at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). The AUS vs IND Boxing Day Test is all set to commence at 5:00 AM IST. Here is our Australia vs India Dream11 prediction including the batsmen, all-rounders, bowlers, and wicket-keepers in your Dream11 team as stated below.
Ajinkya Rahane will take over as skipper for the remaining three Tests, put India's defeat down to one "bad hour" in Adelaide Test. It was similar to the Christmas morning for the Indian batters at the MCG, the venue where they sealed their historic Test series down under in 2018-19. While Australia has backed their full bowling strength and with the return of Steve Smith, who missed the last series due to the ball-tampering scam, the Aussies look far better and well-balanced side.
The absence of regular skipper Virat Kohli, who went back to India to attend the birth of his child approved in principle by BCCI. Also, the absence of pacemen Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Shami who are out due to injuries.
Debutant Shubman Gill replaces Prithvi Shaw, who aggregated just 4 runs in the opening Test vs Australia. Gill is usually a class apart and a must-watch batsman with and scored 127 in the warm-up games against Australia A, including a blitz half-century. Mohammad Siraj will also make his Test debut by replacing Shami whose bowling arm was fractured on the third day of the Adelaide Test and since then he has returned to India.
Total Matches played: 99 | Australia: 43 | India: 28 | Draw: 27 | Tied: 1
The temperature is expected to hover around 15-24°C on all five days of the Test match, with nearly 55% humidity and there are minimal chances of rain interruptions during the 2nd and 3rd day of the AUS vs IND 2nd Test match.
The surface at Melbourne Cricket Ground is not just a batting track but also has something on offer for the seamers on it with the new ball. The spinners may not reap the advantage against left-handers will demonstrate intense battle. The pitch slows down as the game progresses and the batting will become difficult in the 3rd and 4th innings.
Steve Smith, Shubman Gill, Mathew Wade (Vice-captain), Marnus Labuschagne, Cheteshwar Pujara (Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazelwood, Jaspreet Bumrah
Australia Playing XI: Joe Burns, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (C/WK), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India Playing XI: Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Australia Squad: Matthew Wade, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Moises Henriques, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Mitchell Swepson, Will Pucovski
India Squad: Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Hanuma Vihari, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Navdeep Saini, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Siraj, Kuldeep Yadav