PREVIEW: Australia v. India, Melbourne, Boxing Day Test

Heartbreak in Adelaide. A morale-sapping loss in Brisbane. Each game lost from a great position.

Two down. Two to go.

Rumours of a spat between Shikhar and Virat.

Bad food, bad umpires, bad nets.

In the mean time, here’s our XI for the all important Boxing Day test match
at the iconic MCG :

Boxing date test - playing XI

A couple of quick points:

1. Rohit Sharma needs to go. Hopefully his long rope will run out on Boxing Day. We don’t like him for a lot of reasons. He gets out to lazy shots. He gets starts and gets out. He doesn’t score tough runs. He gets out to soft dismissals. He doesn’t look tuned in. He’s a one day specialist. He’s a flat track bully. He’s not test quality. And most importantly, his sledging is stupid.

We think Suresh Raina should replace him. If not, the BCCI is welcome to fly us down to Oz and I’m confident we’ll do a better job than Rohit Sharma.

2. Bhuvi should make a comeback instead of Aaron or Umesh. We can’t decide whom to drop (hardly anything to write home about by either), but suspect Umesh gets the nod simply because we might want to preserve Aaron and Shami for the rest of the tour. If Bhuvi remains unfit, we should continue with the same bowling line-up as the Gabba.

3. If there was indeed a fight between Dhawan and Kohli (and Dhoni has denied the rumours in his inimitable style), Kohli should quit playing prima donna and kiss and make-up with Dhawan. Batsmen go out to bat when a wicket falls, they aren’t given notice of their impending innings! Also, unless it’s a case of match-fixing, it’s ridiculousĀ to suggest someone playing at the international level isn’t giving 100% for their country. India need to put all this nonsense behind them and need Nos. 2 and 4 to fire on all cylinders this game.

Australia have one hand on the Border-Gavaskar trophy. We must claw our way back into the series.

It’s time to script a miracle comeback.

If not now, then when?

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