Australia vs India 3rd Test Melbourne: Hardik Pandya was seen bowling in the nets during the net session on Sunday ahead of the Boxing Day Test against Australia. It is good news from India’s point of view that Pandya is feeling good about himself after landing in Australia. He was out of cricket after he picked up an injury during the Asia Cup earlier this year. Now, that he is back, he could provide a wonderful balance to the Indian set up, but it seems highly unlikely that he will straightaway be slotted in the XI for the all-important 3rd Test. Ahead of the practice session on Sunday, Hardik Pandya got a groupfie with the entire team which he captioned, “Best Selfie Ever.”
He has also been seen bowling in the nets.
Mayank Agarwal, the other cricketer who was picked after Prithvi Shaw was sent back to India could get a chance to open in the Boxing Day Test in place of out-of-form KL Rahul. Rohit Sharma is unlikely to play at Melbourne and that means Hanuma Vihari is retained.
Meanwhile, India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will undergo a fitness test to prove his fitness ahead of the crucial Boxing Day Test against Australia at Melbourne. Ashwin missed out on the Perth Test as he had picked up an abdominal strain, but it seems if he proves gets his fitness cleared he will stand a chance to make it to the squad which would be good news from an Indian point of view as he has shown that he can get wickets in seamer-friendly Australian conditions.
The Boxing Day Test starts from December 26 which will soon be followed by the new year Test which will be played at Sydney, starting January 3.