Golden arm Starc to the rescue once more. #AUSvIND @1116sen. The one exception is a regrettable bouncer that Paine is onto in a flash, swivelling and pulling with superb timing for four through square leg. 58th over: Australia 144-5 (Green 7, Paine 7) Siraj continues to plough his furrow, forcing Paine to defend from his crease with a series of deliveries targeting that area around the top of off stump. Anyone who continues the tradition (i.e. The impact of Rishabh Pant, the other change, will be assessed tomorrow with the bat. Shubman Gill, the debutant, will open the innings with Mayank Agarwal. ... India Vs Australia Boxing Day Test. Paine, by contrast, is still a tad jittery early in his knock. 3rd over: India 0-1 (Gill 0, Pujara 0) This is great theatre, late in the day at the MCG with shadows lengthening over the outfield and the crowd (suitably lubricated) roaring on their fast bowler. Complete schedule for India’s tour of Australia 2020-21. "You heard Paul (Wilson) explain it quite clearly, he was looking for conclusive evidence to show the bat on the wrong side of the line with the bail removed from the top of the stump. Hello and welcome to our cricket coverage of India vs Australia 2020, Boxing Day Test match being played at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Geoff Lemon at the MCG (earlier) and That came out of nowhere, but suggests a fun few overs before the close. The youngster does well with his first test, defending from his crease then accepting a single to a delivery with a touch of width. The Australian responds soon after by whipping his wrists and manipulating three runs through the covers. Matthew Wade counterpunched his way to a rapid 30 but his T20 mindset proved his downfall when he skied Ravi Ashwin (3/35) just when Australia needed him to grind out until lunch. First published on Fri 25 Dec 2020 17.29 EST. His studs just dug into the turf and his knee jarred somewhat. Time for one final drink. And did we actually have a beautiful early evening stroll in a white wonderland, boughs laden and rosy-cheeked neighbours of goodwill calling out Yuletide greetings? According to the club's statement, the fan was not infectious while attending the game on Day 2 – December 27, 2020, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The tickets for the Boxing Day Test, though, will be on sale to ACF members from December 10 at 3 p.m. AEDT. India continue their day of stress-free fielding and Australia’s poor innings is up. Boxing Day Test 2020 TBC. Even at MCG India have won only 3 of the 13 Tests played. Pat Cummins looks for a big hit but cannot get the distance as Mohammed Siraj takes a simple catch at long-on with Ravindra Jadeja getting a wicket as well. His opening spell saw 0.58 degrees of swing, but in his second spell that rose to 0.74. Lyon though immediately went for the review. India’s spinner has now bowled 11 overs in this spell for the concession of only ten runs. “I’ve only just got an email,” messages PCD Paris, “you simply have to be on it these days.” Absolument! Published Date: December 26, 2020 12:52 PM IST, Updated Date: December 26, 2020 12:54 PM IST. Magnificent delivery heading for the middle of middle with some away swing, Gill tries to play across the line but can only find a leading edge that flies quickly to Labuschagne’s right at third slip. Agarwal walks back without troubling the score. Australia are at risk of getting bogged down here, if they aren’t already. Marnus Labuschagne (48) and Travis Head (38) turned 38-3 into 124-3 but neither looked especially fluent. Replays suggest it was a good call with the ball hitting the tall Green high on his leg. Both of these batsmen are playing the ball very late. The general public can buy tickets from the same time the following day (December 11). Kolkata; West Bengal; India; World; Sports; Entertainment; Business; Science & Tech; 52nd over: Australia 136-5 (Green 6, Paine 0) Another huge LBW appeal from Siraj, this time against Green, and Paul Reiffel again declines the offer to raise his finger. Some people I have never met. India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test: We'll go with same XI unless something happens in next few days, says Justin Langer PTI / Updated: Dec 24, 2020, 10:13 IST Facebook Twitter Linkedin EMail 68th over: Australia 166-8 (Cummins 4, Lyon 0) Another example of Rahane’s excellent captaincy today. When Mitchell Starc ripped through Prithvi Shaw with just the second ball of the opening test, things looked bright for Australia in Adelaide. Wonderful bowling. 53rd over: Australia 136-5 (Green 6, Paine 0) Ashwin resumes by teasing Green with his artfully flighted off-spin. Shubman Gill’s first taste of Test cricket is turning out to be one tough exam. The players are back out for the final session. The Aussies, expectedly, lead the head-to-head stats having won 43 matches of the 99 played while India have won only 28. The appeal is declined and there’s no review with the ball expected to be heading past leg stump. It’s not about the defeat but the manner of capitulation which can come back to haunt a side that’s not short on quality. A long and decisive evening session awaits after a spot of tea. Seldom has an Indian outfit been at such difficult crossroads in recent years as it is in the aftermath of the humiliating defeat in Adelaide and Virat Kohli’s departure for the birth of his child. On debut he rocks back and pulls a Starc short ball away to the vacant midwicket fence. 21-23 of 23 Prev; 1; 2; 3; Next; Connect with us. 44th over: Australia 127-4 (Labuschagne 45, Green 0) Labuschagne is happy to play conservatively against India’s star man Bumrah, keeping his bat and pad close together when he props forward, leaving anything wide, and whipping the one short ball sensibly along the ground to fine-leg. Likewise, young workhorse Siraj will step in temporarily to fill the void created by crafty Mohammed Shami’s injury and it will be about how Rahane, touted as a bowler’s captain, handles him. The MCG has always been the traditional hosting ground for the Boxing Day Test match. He couldn't prove that the batsman was short of his line. Still, that was enough to end an entertaining knock. Thrilling high-quality sport. He starts down the legside before locating his radar third ball and rapping Pujara on his pads. The visitors have held onto their catches, Rahane has captained smartly, and in Bumrah he has a gem that is capable of breaking any game open. Siraj’s spell of 9-4-16-2 should not be forgotten. Ashwin's wicket delivery to Paine spun 5.7 degrees off the pitch - no ball Ashwin bowled to Paine spun more. I have a question, a curiosity that has long niggled away at me; why and when did Aussies begin saying wickets before runs?”. India are 36/1, trailing Australia by 159 runs. Jonathan Howcroft (now), Sat 26 Dec 2020 02.18 EST Bumrah outfoxes Starc. 62nd over: Australia 155-6 (Paine 13, Cummins 0) Green looked technically accomplished in his knock, one that would ordinarily have been worth 20 or 30-something, but he appeared stuck in a mental rut that he was unable to extricate himself from. 54th over: Australia 141-5 (Green 6, Paine 5) Siraj also continues the spell he began before the break, an impressive three-over burst that included his maiden Test wicket. Australia XI: Tim Paine (captain and wk), Joe Burns, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, India XI: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj. Eventually he takes a couple of steps down the track and milks an easy single, much to the delight of Ricky Ponting on commentary, who is advocating some counterattack. After defending five deliveries he tries to capitalise on some width but carves a backfoot strive straight to point. He began by sending the ball full into the right-handed batsmen, targeting the stumps and pads, but now there’s appreciable reverse swing he’s curling gorgeous away swingers in the fourth stump channel. 59th over: Australia 145-5 (Green 8, Paine 7) More Ashwin - and he gets Green first up! Cameron Green (12) got caught between playing cautiously and digging a trench, while Nathan Lyon’s entertaining 20 tipped the total close to 200. Score 191/9 in 71.5 overs, FYI: This is the 100th Test between India and Australia, Hello everyone! MCG will play host to Saturday's Test … And it would have clipped the leg-stump and thus the on-field umpire’s decision is upheld. It begins annually on Boxing Day (26 December) and is … He induces a genuine edge from Paine but it flies through the vacant second slip region and away for four. Gill was at fault for not accepting a single behind point and forcing Pujara to dive to make his ground. @JPHowcroft how will Australia bat in the second innings with a lead of 159? When offered strike Green plays similarly compact. I wonder if Rahane will recall Bumrah ahead of time to send down some yorkers to the tail? Siraj is hiding the ball in his run-up, suggesting there could be some reverse swing on offer. The chase is a successful one from Wade - who has returned to the field - but he ends it hobbling again. Score 5/1, trail by 191 runs, Over 2: Baptism by fire. However, after that, the youngster settled in nicely and struck five fours to finish the day at 28 off 38. Alternative venues could be considered for Boxing Day Test – Given the rising COVID-19 cases in Victoria, Perth or Adelaide could host the clash between Australia and India. #AUSvIND, Your support powers our independent journalism, Available for everyone, funded by readers. The other four balls to Labuschagne lacked either the same menace or control, but after an easy single Umesh is back in decent areas to Green. Anyone who was at the MCG will never forget the second ball of Shane Warne’s first over that Boxing Day… He might be on debut but for mine he’s already elevated himself to India’s second seamer for the remainder of this series. India 0/1, trail by 195, Ind vs Aus Live Score: WICKET! You kind of had to be there. After a long run of away swingers he nails the one that comes back, beating Green’s drive and pinning him plumb in front. Find tickets ... Melbourne City 2020/21 Season Find tickets. #AUSvIND. He tries to glance behind square but all he succeeds in doing is guiding the ball straight into the hands of Gill, perfectly placed at leg gully. 8th over: India 28-1 (Gill 22, Pujara 6) After Pujara starts the over with a single Gill shows excellent defensive technique before earning three with another checked straight drive. Ball-tracking confirms the dismissal, but India retain the review with the delivery shown to be only clipping the bails. It was so silly, yet … By Neds on 27/12/2020 at 8:12 pm Filled in: Cricket News, Featured. India vs Australia Live Score, Boxing Day Test at Melbourne, Day 1. Mayank Agarwal walks back after being given out lbw. The next couple of deliveries are an excellent duel before Starc finishes a scintillating over by ripping one past Pujara’s edge again. 66th over: Australia 164-7 (Cummins 2, Starc 7) Bumrah is predictably full and straight but after both batsmen rotate the strike with singles Starc jams down on an attempted yorker and sends it back with interest, scooting to the wide mid-on boundary for four. When that partnership was broken midway through the afternoon session wickets tumbled at regular intervals. Also Read - 1st Test: Gautam Gambhir Surprised India Didn't Pick 'Rare Commodity' Kuldeep Yadav. Australia bowled out for 195 in 72.3 overs. Then GILL’S DROPPED! Awesome. ... All the Test matches of the India tour of Australia 2020-21 will be broadcasted on Sony SIX, Sony TEN 1 and Sony TEN 3. 49th over: Australia 134-4 (Labuschagne 48, Green 4) Ashwin deceives Labuschagne in flight first up with his arm ball but the batsman’s hands are quick enough to jam down before he yorks himself. ... India Vs Australia Boxing Day Test. Cummins scored 9 off 33. Gill’s languid approach and that extra second while facing fast bowlers, coupled with a way tighter technique than Prithvi Shaw, might just give the dressing room the confidence required in testing times. His second spell has seen 66% of his deliveries on a good line and length, well up from 44% in his first spell. 64th over: Australia 156-7 (Cummins 1, Starc 0) Just the single from Siraj’s latest over, one that ends with Starc fishing outside his off stump. The debutant has really stepped up for Rahane, finding a groove, and he earns another maiden by giving nothing away in terms of line or length. 6th over: India 15-1 (Gill 11, Pujara 4) Cummins is into his familiar line and length to Pujara who is typically stoic in the face of what’s being sent his way - accompanied by the sound of the MCG crowd clapping every footstep in the bowler’s run up. Australia vs India 2nd Test 2020: Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj to Make Debut in Boxing Day Test It pitches on a length on middle stump and beats the outside edge and off stump. Meanwhile, India openers are out in the middle. Tim Paine ton in this innings. But the drought is broken 22 deliveries into the innings with a beautiful straight drive that is too quick for the chasing Matthew Wade, who does himself a bit of a mischief trying to haul the ball in by the rope. We’re talking fractions of an inch. 43rd over: Australia 125-4 (Labuschagne 44, Green 0) Umesh might be picking up on my criticism. Mohammed Siraj has settled into a good rhythm here, and his accuracy has improved across the day. Mitchell Starc was off to a fiery start as he trapped Mayank Agarwal lbw in the very first over before Pat Cummins tested debutant Gill with pace and bounce. It has been very impressive. Might be time for Paine to shake things up in the few minutes before the close. He tries it second ball and misses, but goes to it again two deliveries later and connects for a single. “Morning Jonathan,” afternoon Finbar. Think India took a little long to bowl from there consistently. The appeal arrived with Green glued to his crease. He pushes a couple through the covers then skips down the pitch and drives elegantly with the minimum of fuss through wide mid-off for four. His method is straightforward; full and straight, angling into the right-handers from wide on the crease - not dissimilar to Makhaya Ntini in his pomp. Ind vs Aus Live Cricket Score: Wicket no. Alternative venues could be considered for Boxing Day Test – Given the rising COVID-19 cases in Victoria, Perth or Adelaide could host the clash between Australia and India. The next few days will be a test of real character and it’s only fair that a strategic shift was on the cards. Facebook Twitter. For all India’s discipline and control, Australia will be bitterly disappointed with their total. 1. Mitchell Starc, left-arm fast, to bowl the first over. And 75% of his dismissals are from there. With Starc and Cummins in this kind of form, you wouldn’t put another low Indian score past them. 45th over: Australia 127-4 (Labuschagne 45, Green 0) Decent line and length from Umesh in a maiden over. All while filling Kohli’s shoes after an eight-wicket defeat. He’s on the money again to start the over, but then Green is allowed to cut a couple, before Siraj gets his man! Cummins then eschews his circumspection, larruping a length delivery high and wide over cow corner! 42nd over: Australia 124-4 (Labuschagne 43, Green 0) He is a treat Jasprit Bumrah. Green’s method is to get forward and use his feet, Paine prefers to hand back and read it off the pitch. But the good thing is that star-in-waiting, Gill, is ready to honour his team’s leap of faith in him when he makes his Test debut at the imposing Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australia vs India 2nd Test 2020: Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj to Make Debut in Boxing Day Test 55th over: Australia 143-5 (Green 7, Paine 6) Another teasing Ashwin over. Debutant Mohammed Siraj also bowled decently, finishing with a couple of wickets. Batting alongside him is Cheteshwar Pujara on 7. That's already the equal 10th highest series-wicket tally for a visiting finger spinner in Australia this century. Published: 24th December 2020 09:46 AM ... And it wasn't that long ago probably a few weeks ago that we wonder if we had a Boxing Day Test match in Melbourne. Some start by the Australia bowlers. Genuinely thought that should have been given out. What a first over by Mitchell Starc!He gets his reward by trapping Agarwal LBW for a #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/cbxwT2zN1o. His right knee is far from 100%, but he’s a tough cookie the Tasmanian. Paine c Vihari b Ashwin 13 (Australia 155-7), Updates from the first day of play at the MCG. Also Read - IND vs ENG: Why Are England Cricketers Wearing Black Armbands in Chennai Test? He’s done it again in the first over! This recent rash of induced false strokes may well be the consequence of that reverse swing I was unable to locate earlier. Agarwal reviews, thinking he’s inside-edged it, but replays show the bat is jammed against the pad with the ball missing the willow. Since Australia's all-out 98 - ten years ago today - the average first innings of the match at the MCG is 389. Magical ball. Paine is a lucky boy. This year we had record numbers – with 50 people turning up. A solid defense from Shubman Gill as he brings down curtains on the opening day of the second Test between India and Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Paine survives, but India retain the review after ball tracking showed the ball glancing leg stump. However, there’s a suggestion the appearance of a play and miss may be exaggerated by Gill’s tendency to play inside the line. Channel Seven covered Paine’s almost run-out very well. Top results match "boxing day test match" 21-23 of 23 Prev; 1; 2; 3; Next; To the Point Festival Sandstone Point Hotel, Sandstone Point, QLD Sat 6 Feb 2021 12:00pm . Here are the key head-to-head stats, results, hundreds and best bowling figures from the Boxing Day Test matches between India and Australia. India 0/1 in 1 over, trail by 195. And a warm welcome to our live coverage from the opening day of the second Test between India and Australia in Melbourne. Pat Cummins is bowling fast and getting the ball to lift off from length. Here we go. Score 31/1, trail by 164 runs, India vs Australia 2nd Test Day 1 Live Score: Shubman Gill has been dropped on 4 by Marnus Labuschagne at third slip off Pat Cummins. Replays show THIS IS AS MARGINAL AS YOU COULD IMAGINE - literally a frame in it either way. This is also the first individual fifty in the match. Advertisement. 47th over: Australia 131-4 (Labuschagne 45, Green 4) Not before time Rahane calls back Ashwin into the attack. That ‘Nice Garry’ wicket — Australia v Pakistan, 2016. © 2021 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. He had struck Agarwal before in the over but that time the Indian got an inside edge. Perhaps that will come today but for now, thank you to whoever organised our 25th December, we really needed that. Facebook Twitter. Up to 30,000 people a day will be allowed to watch the Boxing Day Test live at the MCG, after Victorian health authorities approved an increase in the number of spectators allowed into the stadium. After being clubbed for a six and a four off successive deliveries, Bumrah has his revenge as he traps Nathan Lyon lbw. Glorious batting. And now cricket; we sadly have lost John Edrich, one of the oh so dependable members of that seemingly undismissable batting line up of my boyhood: Edrich, Boycott, Graveney, Barrington, Cowdrey and, my first super hero, Basil D’Oliveira. Read more on Latest Cricket News on India.com. Australia could do with another Adelaide-like counterattack from their skipper. Another session goes India’s way. The plans to pick off Smith and Labuschagne, Ashwin in early, and a series of tailored attacking fields to restrict scoring. Siraj’s spell is now eight overs two for 18. 46th over: Australia 130-4 (Labuschagne 45, Green 3) Green spent the first four deliveries of his innings patiently sizing up the conditions, but ball five he takes a long stride forward and checks a drive through extra cover off Bumrah that didn’t just ooze class, it erupted it. So Australian team is out in the field. According to our Expected Wickets model, the balls India have bowled today would typically bring a score of 135-5. 70th over: Australia 177-8 (Cummins 8, Lyon 7) Another Australian boundary, Lyon this time, guiding a thick edge through third man. It was full of skill, strategy, and discipline. What percentage of the attending Boxing Day Test crowd will be MCC members? Again the paceman’s strategy is full and straight from wide on the crease, angling in, and that’s what brings about Labuschagne’s downfall. This is also the first individual fifty in the match. Question - who does Green remind you of? 5th over: India 11-1 (Gill 11, Pujara 0) Another boundary to Gill, driving Starc stylishly through the covers to compound Labuschagne’s misfortune. 4 for Jasprit Bumrah! It also has to be noted that the Boxing Day encounter would be the 100th Test match between India and Australia. It looked to be sliding down the leg side and DRS was not called upon. There’s no debate over Gill’s third boundary. Continuing the stodgy first-innings in Adelaide, this Australian side is short of form. It was a morale boost for India who had suffered a week of being bashed in the press after their Adelaide shellacking. This is slowly growing into a proper day for India. 48th over: Australia 131-4 (Labuschagne 45, Green 4) Siraj gives Bumrah a breather and he’s immediately full and straight at Green, angling the ball into the right-hander from wide on the crease. It’s one of those quirks of history that the first scoreboard erected in the 19th century placed wickets before runs and that convention took hold. 16 runs and a wicket from an eventful over. Australia . The analyst community is a little miffed India took so long targeting the weakness that ultimately brought about Head’s decapitation. It also has to be noted that the Boxing Day encounter would be the 100th Test match between India and Australia. Cummins nearly had him with the final delivery as Gill looked to work one away to mid-on but instead got an outside edge with Labuschagne not managing to hold on to it. India has already lost the first Test match by eight wickets. That means he’s unable to put away the rare loose ball and rotate the strike. His fourth follows soon after, but this one is a gift, with the right-hander just helping a leg stump half-volley down to the fine-leg rope. That brings Cummins on strike and his outside edge is a whisker away from a perfectly flighted delivery that spins tantalisingly from leg to off. After two pleasing-looking dots Green is offered a fuller delivery that he pushes down the ground for a single, ending Siraj’s string of maidens. A fan present who attended India vs Australia the Boxing Day Test match has tested positive for novel coronavirus, the Melbourne Cricket Club confirmed on Wednesday. Siraj extends his spell into an eighth over (either side of Tea). IND v AUS 2020: India's record in Test matches at the MCG. Shane Warne takes his 700th Test wicket — Australia v England, 2006. ... • The only One Day International match played on a Boxing Day … His partnership-breaking dismissal of Head transformed an afternoon cruise for Australia’s fourth wicket, and instead the hosts are down to their last recognised batsmen. Taking him past Irfan Pathan (the GOAT of first overs). In December 2019, Cricket Australia announced plans for a medal to be awarded to the best player of the Boxing Day Test match from 2020, named in honour of Indigenous Australian cricketer Johnny Mullagh. ... the average first innings of the match at the MCG is 389. Bumrah tried to do a few too many things that over, chasing Lyon somewhat instead of hitting his line and length. That lack of footwork means he misses out on a full half-volley, then thick edges down towards gully. That’s right. The health and safety members remains our number one priority and prevailing conditions will guide implementation of the plan. After Tim Paine won the toss he made the obvious decision to bat first but his decision quickly backfired when the superb Jasprit Bumrah (4/56) sent back a scratchy Joe Burns for a duck. A total of 27 fixtures ended in draws. ... Their 8th win in Aus in 50th match & 29th vs Aus in 100th H2H match 1st Test win in 2020. #AUSvIND. The only delivery of note was the last when Labuschagne fell over to the off side attempting a leg glance and India appealing for leg before. That is Starc's 12th wicket in a first over of a Test. Introduction. ALSO READ: Quarantine is challenging when life in Sydney is normal: … India vs England, 1st Test: Axar Patel Ruled Out; Shahbaz Nadeem And Rahul Chahar Added to Squad. 7th over: India 23-1 (Gill 19, Pujara 4) Starc has beaten Gill’s outside edge every over, and he does so again. If there is, it’s not visible to my naked eye. Superb technique from the young opener. Meanwhile, Wade has left the field after suffering that knee injury earlier. Starc’s on the money again but Pujara is made of stern stuff, blocking balls one and three and writing off the one in between that beats the outside edge. A fan present who attended India vs Australia the Boxing Day Test match has tested positive for novel coronavirus, the Melbourne Cricket Club confirmed on Wednesday. India has already lost the first Test match by eight wickets. Mon 28 Dec 2020 22.49 EST 1 India pulled off one of their greatest Test wins, chasing down Australia’s fourth-innings target of 70 to secure victory by eight wickets at the MCG. You can find out more-, 1st Test: Gautam Gambhir Surprised India Didn't Pick 'Rare Commodity' Kuldeep Yadav. Another maiden. His opening two deliveries hit a perfect length and shape into the right-handed Agarwal from over the wicket, before ball three - a hooping inswinging yorker - almost demolishes Agarwal’s big toe. However, he was struck again off the final delivery and this time, his bat jammed and the ball crashed on the pads first. IND vs ENG: Why Are England Cricketers Wearing Black Armbands in Chennai Test? 71st over: Australia 179-8 (Cummins 9, Lyon 8) After a spell of 12-4-15-1 Ashwin is replaced by Jadeja. Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill, on debut, will not be relishing their task against this formidable home pace attack. India are sporting a new-look for this contest with a new captain in Ajinkya Rahane and two debutants in Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj. It’s going to take a … ... the average first innings of the match at the MCG is 389. List of Boxing Day Test matches We’ll be back here to cover all the action, so please join us then. Kolkata; West Bengal; India; World; Sports; Entertainment; Business; Science & Tech; #AUSvIND. Pretty much right from the outset, Finbar. He should have taken it, but it burst through him at pace. 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