IND vs AUS: Australia were handed a big defeat – by an innings and 132 runs – in their first hurdle in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2023 by India in Nagpur. If the visitors do not spring themselves up in the second, in Delhi, that it is going to be a long, nightmarish tour for the number 1 ICC ranked Test team, the crown they could lose if they are hammered 4-0.
For that, Pat Cummins and head coach Andrew McDonald are expected to ring in changes in the second Test.
When is the 2nd IND vs AUS Test?
The second Test match between India and Australia will start on February 17, Friday, in Delhi.
First, Australia have flown in left-arm spinner Matthew Kuhnemann, who was playing Queensland’s Sheffield Shield match against Victoria in Melbourne. The 26-year-old spinner Matthew Kuhnemann comes into the squad as leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson makes a pre-planned return home for the birth of his first child.
Matthew Kuhnemann, who has an experience of only 13 first-class matches with 35 wickets at 34.80, is being touted to make his Australia Test debut in Delhi. His chances of playing in Delhi in a spin trio with Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy, who made his debut in Nagpur, are high if Cameron Green, the pace-bowling all-rounder is fit and available.
“He’s a live chance to play in the next Test match,” Australia coach Andrew McDonald said on Sunday. “If we play three spinners then we clearly want back-up here and available in the squad if that’s the way we want to go.”
Speaking on Cameron Green, McDonald said: “We’re hopeful. It’s been six weeks now. I think he’s actually got his final X-ray or scan today. He does allow us different options to the way that we want to structure up.”
ESPNcricinfo reported that Green “had two-hour batting sessions and is bowling close to full capacity.”
So we can expect two changes in the Australian XI for the Delhi Test:
Green and Kuhnemann replacing Scott Boland and Matt Renshaw.