India vs Australia 2018 3rd Test: The stage could not be any bigger than that any cricketer would have asked for to showcase his skill-set and abilities at the top level – all eyes will be on debutant Mayank Agarwal when he will take the field in the third Test against Australia at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). After a long wait and consistent show in the domestic arena – Mayank will finally don the pristine whites as he will make his Test debut for Team India on the Boxing Day showdown against Australia, starting on December 26.

The Indian team management has made make some big decisions ahead of the Boxing Day Test as non-performing openers – KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have been axed from the squad. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav has also made way for all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in India’s playing XI for Melbourne Test. On the other side, the hosts have also roped in Mitchell Marsh in place of out-of-form Peter Handscomb.

The 27-year-old Mayank boasts off an exceptional first-class record. He scored his maiden triple century in November 2017. He has played 46 FC and 75 List A matches for Karnataka, averaging close to 50 in both. He has also played 111 T20 matches.

Earlier this year, Mayank was picked in the Indian squad against the West Indies. But he didn’t get a chance to play. He has again been roped in after India’s batting prodigy Prithvi Shaw was ruled out of the ongoing Australia tour due to injury.

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Following are India’s playing XI for 3rd Test: Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah

A poor batting in the second innings of the Perth Test led India to a crushing defeat against Australia. With the victory, the hosts levelled the four-match series 1-1. India and Australia will play their third Test from December 26 to 30.