AUS vs IND Dream 11 Team Prediction for 3rd Test: 26 December 2018

AUS vs IND, Third Test, India tour of Australia, 2018-19
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne
26th-30th December 2018, 5:00 AM IST

Venue details:
Average 1st innings score: 309
Average 2nd innings score: 314
The pitch curator has stated that the pitch will lively and bowler-friendly. The last Test here in the Ashes was a dull draw which caused a lot of criticism. Thus as a correction, it will be helpful for the bowlers this time around.

Tim Paine (c, wk), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Mitch Marsh (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Chris Tremain.

Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravi Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, R Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Parthiv Patel, Rohit Sharma

Team News:
India has declared its playing XI for the third Test.
Mayank Agarwal will be making his Test debut. Rohit Sharma has been called back.
Both the openers, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay, have been dropped. Umesh Yadav has been dropped as well.
Ravindra Jadeja will play his first Test of the tour. He will be the frontline spinner. Hanuma Vihari will support him. Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma will be the seamer trio.
Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane complete the middle order with Rishabh Pant handling the keeping duties.

Perth win allows Australia some breathing space. They will not be tampering with their winning combination to a great extent.
Two Victorian openers, Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch, will be opening at MCG. Khawaja, Marsh and Travis Head complete the middle order.
Tim Paine will be the wicketkeeper-Captain.
Lyon will be the key spinner. Cummins-Starc-Hazlewood will be the pace bowlers.
One likely change is Mitchell Marsh playing in place of Peter Handscomb. Coach Justin Langer has hinted the same.

Probable Playing XI:
Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh/Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

IND (Declared playing XI):
Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), R Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah
In wicket keeper both Tim Paine and Rishabh Pant are good, you can pick anyone.
Captain and Vc choices: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, S Marsh, C Pujara, Usman Khawaja, J Bumrah, M Starc, N Lyon.

Key Players:
Marcus Harris
Usman Khawaja
Travis Head
Tim Paine
Pat Cummins
Mitch Starc
Nathan Lyon

Cheteshwar Pujara
Virat Kohli
Ajinkya Rahane
Rishabh Pant
Ishant Sharma
Jasprit Bumrah
Mohammad Shami


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