The Australian team will play against India in Melbourne after taking a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series. Coach Justin Langer has clarified in a virtual press conference that the hosts will go in with an unchanged side for the upcoming Test match at MCG.
The Kangaroos have won the first Test with conveniently. They have secured an eight-wicket victory after destroying the visitors for 36 runs in the second innings. Therefore, the Australian side is not going to make any changes.
Australia will be without the services of David Warner for 2nd Test
David Warner was the only change which the side was considering for the Melbourne Test. However, the southpaw has not fully recovered from his groin injury. He suffered from the injury in the limited-overs series against India. Therefore, we will again see Joe Burns and Matthew Wade getting another opportunity to open for Australia in the 2nd match.
Justin Langer is happy about playing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground
The venue is likely to host approximately 30,000 for the upcoming Boxing Day Test against India. Firstly it was only 25,000 fans but now Cricket Australia has verified the increased capacity. Justin Langer also mentioned that his entire team is excited to play at the historic venue. The stadium is not going be at its full capacity due to Covid-19 protocols.
The baggy green will be the favourites going into the second Test, especially after the first win in Adelaide. On the other end, Team India will miss their captain Virat Kohli and pacer Mohammed Shami for the remaining series. Hence, many cricket experts think that the hosts will succeed to whitewash the Men in Blue in the ongoing Test series.
Additionally, the Player of the Match in the second Test will be given the Mullagh Medal. It is titled after the legendary Johnny Mullagh.
The Mullagh medal is referred after the skipper of the Australian indigenous side that toured the UK in 1868. It was the first group of Australian sporting teams touring internationally.
Meanwhile, David Warner along with Sean Abbott will not be a part of the second Test against India.