AUS vs IND Boxing Day Test Practice session: The Indian cricket team has begun preparations for the famous 'Boxing Day Test' as they had their first training session on Wednesday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Team India already trails by 0-1 in the four-match Vodafone Test series, so will be keen to recuperating after the Adelaide Test embarrassing defeat. Ajinkya Rahane-led side hit the nets under the watchful eyes of the support staff.
India is set to make four to five changes to the playing XI after the eight-wicket loss in the Pink-ball Day/Night Adelaide Test in which Virat Kohli-led Team India has bundled out for their lowest-ever Test score of 36 in the second innings. India is practicing hard with the aim of bouncing back when they step out against Australia in the much-awaited Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
The Flamboyant all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was also seen bowling as well as batting on the nets in Australia, ahead of the Boxing Day Test which will commence from Dec 26. However, the Indian team will be missing the services of their regular skipper Virat Kohli, who has headed back home on paternity leave, and Mohammed Shami, who has been ruled out due to a fracture in his arms.
Shubman Gill had a busy batting session at the nets and looked in decent touch by hitting the ball through the middle of his bat. In a video shared by the BCCI on social media, Gill can be seen timing them crisply. Shubman Gill is likely to make his Test debut against Australia for the upcoming Boxing Day Test, he might replace Prithvi Shaw at the top-order.
Young opener Prithvi Shaw was out in the nets, working with the support staff serving the team members offering drinking bottles. Shaw has been culprit of leaving a gap between the bat and the pad which led to his downfalls in both the innings of the Adelaide Test.
Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant, who warmed the benches in Adelaide despite hitting a 73-ball ton in the second warm-up game, was out in the nets, batting alongside his senior teammates. Rishabh Pant is likely to replace Wriddhiman Saha as India are set to make at least four to five changes in the second Test, kick begin on December 26.