Gill, Siraj to debut in Boxing Day Test; Pant, Jadeja back

Young opener Shubman Gill and pacer Mohammed Siraj will make their Test debuts in the second Boxing Day Test against Australia, starting in Melbourne, on Saturday.

Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja also make a comeback into the team as India have made as many as four changes after losing the first match in Adelaide.

Gill comes in for the struggling Prithvi Shaw, who failed in both innings of the first Test in Adelaide, will Siraj replaces the injured Mohammed Shami.

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A fit-again Jadeja has been included as the second specialist spinner as he takes the place of captain Virat Kohli as India go in with five specialist bowlers.

Ajinkya Rahane will lead India in the last three Tests in Kohli’s absence, while Cheteshwar Pujara has been named as the vice-captain.

India’s playing XI for MCG Test: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (w/k), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj.

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