The Border-Gavaskar series between Australia and India is going to start from Thursday. Australia has refused to remove the curtain from their playing XI before the toss. But it is almost clear that 11 players will be fielded by the Australian team in the first Test. With this, Australia has also found the answer to the questions raised about its opening order.
It is evident from the statements of Australian team captain Tim Paine that Joe Burns will get a chance in the first Test despite the poor form. Penn says that Burns’ test average is close to 40 and he deserves a chance in the team right now. Former Australia wicketkeeper Matthew Wade will appear as Burns’ partner.
Labushen had offered to take charge of the opening, but the Australian team would not tamper with the batting order given his impressive record at number three. Steve Smith is also fully fit and first arrived to practice on the field on Wednesday. Smith will play at number four.
Green’s debut confirmation
Travis will take charge of head number five. Australian coach Justin Langer has indicated Cameron Green’s debut. Green will be seen batting at number 6 during his debut. Tim Paine will play at number seven.
The pace attack of the Australian team will be commanded by Pat Cummins. In the first Test, Jose Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc will take the field to support Cummins. Standing 10 steps away from taking 400 wickets in Test cricket, Nathan Lyon will take charge of spin bowling.
Probable Playing 11
Australia: Joe Burns, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschen, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Michelle Stark, Jose Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon