IND vs AUS 2nd Test: 3 Australian Players From The 1st Test Who Might Be Benched In The 2nd Test

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The IND vs AUS Test series began on February 9 with the first Test in Nagpur. Australia lost the first Test by an innings and 132 after being bowled out for 177 and 91 in the two innings. Despite the loss, the Aussies are topping the WTC points table with 126 points followed by India with 111. India are leading the series 1-0 and needs to win it to play the final in June.

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 series will be played across four different venues in India. The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Jamtha, Nagpur will host the first Test from February 9 to 13, and the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi will host the second Test from February 17 to 21.

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The third Test is moved out of Dharamsala and is likely to be hosted either at Rajkot or Indore from March 1 to 5 and the fourth Test will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad from March 9 to 13. Meanwhile, this is the last of the IND vs AUS four-match test series between the two teams.

According to the International Cricket Council’s Men’s Future Tours Programme (FTP) for 2023-27, Australia and India will be playing two five-match series during the period which will be part of the ICC World Test Championship.

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The way Australia batted in the first Test opened up a lot of questions marks in terms of their team selection ahead of the third test. They have added Matthew Kuhnemann, the left-arm spinner in place of Mitchell Swepson who has heeb released from the squad as he is expecting the birth of his child. 

Australia fielded two right-arm off-spinners in Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy in the first Test. They have two left-arm spin options in Kuhnemann and Ashton Agar to choose from in the second test. Multiple changes are expected in Australia’s playing XI for the second Test.  In this article, we pick three Australian players from the first Test who might be benched for the second. 

IND vs AUS 2nd Test: 3 Australian Players From The 1st Test Who Might Be Benched In The 2nd Test

Matthew Renshaw 

Renshaw scored 0 and 2 in the two innings of the first Test in Nagpur. He was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja in the first innings and Ravichandran Ashwin in the second. He was all at sea while playing against the Indian spinners. He had no clue as to what the pitch was doing. Travis Head is expected to replace him in the second Test. The left-hander is currently ranked fourth in the ICC Test rankings. In 10 innings against India, Renshaw has just scored 234 runs at an average of 23.40. 

Scott Boland 

Boland took a six-wicket haul on his Test debut but found bowling in Indian conditions extremely tough in the first Test. He bowled economically but failed to take wickets in the Test match. He gave away 34 runs in 17 overs but went wicketless. With Australia expecting Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc to be fit by the time the second Test starts, Boland might make way for the two. 

Peter Handscomb 

Cameron Green is expected to be fit for the next Test match in Delhi,. He was ruled out of the first Test due to a broken finger. With proper rehab and medication, Green is expected to be fit for the second Test. With his all-round abilities, Green will be a good addition to the middle-order in place of Peter Handscomb. The keeper-batsman scored an important 31 in the first innings but was dismissed for just six in the second. 


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