India will play against Australia in the third Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), starting December 26. With the series level at 1-1, the contest during the Boxing Day Test match will be an essential one for both the sides. It will help either of India and Australia to gain an unassailable lead in the 4-match series, if they secure a win.
In the first Test match, the visitors won the game by a narrow margin, i.e. 31 runs. On the other hand, the Aussies came back hard after the beating and registered the victory by 146 runs in the previous match at the Perth stadium. Live Cricket Streaming of India vs Australia 2018-19 Series on SonyLIV: Check Live Cricket Score, Watch Free Telecast of IND vs AUS 3rd Test Match, Day 1, on TV & Online
India has announced their playing XI on the eve of the match. Surprisingly, India has dropped both Murali Vijay and KL Rahul and will hand the young Mayank Agarwal, a Test debut. Hanuma Vihari is tipped to open the innings for India with Agarwal on the other end.
Also, a lot was said about Ravindra Jadeja’s omission from the side that played in the second Test match. A lot of contradictory statements after the culmination of the game resulted in a high-pitch controversy. However, keeping all debates at bay, Jadeja has been drafted into the playing XI.
As for the home team, Australia has recalled Mitchell Marsh in the mix of the things, to bolster their lower middle order batting. Mitchell will also come handy as a pace all-rounder. India's Playing XI Against Australia for 2018 Boxing Day Test: Mayank Agarwal to Debut, Ravindra Jadeja and Rohit Sharma Surprise Inclusions.
The Indian team doesn’t have pretty good memories at the MCG, especially in the Test format. As India and Australia are scheduled to play the third Test match at the venue, it will be interesting to see which side ends on a winning note, at the end of the Day 5. Stay tuned with us for all the latest updates about India vs Australia Test Series 2018-19!