Live Cricket Score India vs Australia first Test match at Melbourne: Day one

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni during a team practise session ahead of the opening Test Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Melbourne: Dec 26, 2011

India will aim for a winning start against Australia in the Boxing Day Test match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground starting on Monday, December 26.

Australia captain won the toss and elected to bat against India in the first of the four-match Test series.

With the Australian cricket team struggling like never before, India will have their best chance to end a 64-year wait to upstage them in their own backyard when the two sides clash in what promises to be a pulsating four-Test series starting on Monday, December 26.

With a young and inexperienced side to lead, Michael Clarke has already conceded that it would be quite a task for his greenhorn bowlers to contain India’s veteran line-up of batsmen.

But never the best of travellers despite their improving record, the Indians would be challenged by the sheer hostility of conditions that Australia is known for.

The larger grounds and the bouncing tracks would test the Indian side even though the visitors holds the edge against the most inexperienced of Australian sides.

It is India’s best chance considering how Australia have struggled in the past few months and if Sachin Tendulkar manages to score that elusive 100th international hundred, it would be cause of bigger celebrations.

In fact, such has been the wait for the ton that an early lead for the two teams could become a sideshow if Tendulkar reaches his milestone in the opening Test.

Teams:

India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav

Australia: David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke (c), Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Ben Hilfenhaus.


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