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Sunil Gavaskar happy with India's balanced side for MCG Test

26 Décembre 2018

India went into the Perth Test without a spinner, a selection that was widely criticised by former players, including Sunil Gavaskar.

On the spat, Kohli said: "That's past".

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been declared fit for the Boxing Day Test against Australia after overcoming a shoulder injury. The teams that stay in the present more, win sessions, win balls, win overs are the ones that more or less end up winning the Test. I think he's had conversations with the selectors that there are a few things they would like him to work on and Pete is open to that.

The first two matches of this Test series are equally dominated by both the teams as India won the first Test at Adelaide and Australia in Perth.

Captain Kohli scored a battling century in Perth but came under the spotlight also for his sledging and heated exchanges with Australian counterpart Tim Paine. "I have total respect for that and I just want to focus on good cricket and help my team win", Kohli said.

"We will evaluate Ashwin over the next 48 hours, Rohit looks good and has made good improvement but we will see how he pulls up tomorrow", was how Shastri summed it up. Mayank Agarwal, who was named as Prithvi Shaw's replacement after the latter was ruled out with an ankle injury, has been named in the playing XI and will be making his worldwide debut in the test match.

Paine oversaw a 1-0 defeat to Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October but, having bounced back impressively after losing the opening Test with India, the skipper feels the signs are increasingly positive.

Meanwhile, the Virat Kohli-led side could make some other changes in their Playing XI going into the upcominmg Test.

"The history of this pitch tends to be that it gets better as the game flows on so you're not so anxious about batting last so to try and take the game by the scruff of the neck I would be tempted to bowl first".

Talking about the Melbourne pitch, the skipper said it has much more grass than it had last time. Obviously, day one is the most anticipated day and we are expecting a lot of people to come in, maybe 80,000-plus.

"I hope that it's a lively pitch". The surface, what I saw yesterday, looked pretty dry underneath.

"It took longer than we expected, hence we had to be careful".

Shastri revealed Ashwin is racing the clock to be ready for the crunch Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, where the stakes are high in the four-Test series.

Sunil Gavaskar happy with India's balanced side for MCG Test