India and Australia will go with their best possible 11 in white ball cricket today.
Australia in India:The first test match between both the nations will be played today at Vidarbha Cricket Stadium, Nagpur.
Australia have been plagued by injuries to their champion pace duo of Mitchell starc and Josh Hazlewood. For India, the situation is a little different, with two top-order slots suddenly opening up because of injuries to Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. The two had become crucial cogs in the Indian wheel, but now that the duo is unavailable, Team India has been left with no other options but to bring in replacements.
Suryakumar Yadav has been in brilliant form in white-ball cricket and is an ideal mid-order replacement. But the indications are that India may choose to go with Shubman Gill at no. 5.When Rahul was asked whether Gill would bat at no. 5, the Indian vice-captain said:"We still haven't decided on the final 11. It's going to be a tough decision to make. There are guys who have performed exceedingly well and there are a few spots open so there are a few discussions going on and the players are being spoken to. "
While India will go in with six batters, the three spinners who are likely to make the 11 on a pitch which looks quite dry are R Ashwin, Ravinder Jadeja and Axar Patel, unless there is a last-minute injury. Many feel bowler Kuldeep Yadav should get the nod ahead of Axar because of the variation that he brings to the table.
India head coach Rahul Dravid has called up former leg-spinner Sairaj Bahutule, who is currently the spin bowling coach at the BCCI's National Cricket Academy, to assist India's spinners during the four-test contest.
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