India made four changes to its offer to recover from its shellacking in Adelaide, but it faces an uphill battle as Australian captain Tim Paine wants the hosts to continue their ruthless streak in Melbourne’s second Test / p>

The tourists were shot to a record low of 36 innings in Adelaide, where Australia triumphed in three days, winning 1-0 in the four-test series

A combination of poor form, injury and paternity leave from regular skipper Virat Kohli forced the changes that saw batsman Shubman Gill and speedy Mohammed Siraj debut in the Boxing Day Test

Recovering all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant also return to the side and are led by Ajinkya Rahane in Kohli’s absence

Prithvi Shaw and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha were dropped, while Siraj owed his involvement to the hand injury Mohammed Shami sustained while beating in Adelaide

“Everyone on this team is really capable of doing well It is therefore a real challenge for the captain and management to select the XI, “Rahane said on Friday at a video conference

“We’ve just had a bad hour [in Adelaide] It’s about staying positive, supporting your own abilities and partnering”

Earlier on Friday, Rahane’s Australian counterpart Paine said that even without Kohli and others, the wounded tourists were more than able to reverse their fate

“The moment we take our foot off the pedal and think we’re fine [performance can slip],” Paine told reporters, “A big focus of ours was winning after winning

Paine’s team should remain unchanged for the clash Coach Justin Langer practically confirmed that on Thursday when he said it was a “pretty brave man” who dropped someone from the game in Adelaide

The game will also be played in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, with the fate of the third test in Sydney still in the air due to a renewed outbreak on the city’s northern beaches leading to a border lockdown and closure / p>

The Melbourne Test usually draws large crowds too, but the COVID-19 restrictions have the crowd at 30000 limited

“It’ll be different, won’t it,” said Paine. “I think we’re just lucky to play a Boxing Day Test at the MCG”

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World News – AU – India makes four changes to Boxing Day Test in Australia as Rishabh Pant returns