The Indian cricket crew on Thursday tried a hitherto unseen coaching drill that vaguely resembled a wrestling bout, with a pair of two gamers every seemingly striving to outdo one another. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was the primary to reach on the nets for the coaching session and he was put by means of a health take a look at as he ran between the wickets with a bat in his hand two days earlier than the Boxing Day Test begins on the hallowed Melbourne Cricket Ground. Jadeja, who has bagged 213 wickets and scored 1869 runs in 49 Tests, had missed the ultimate two T20Is and the primary Test in opposition to the hosts attributable to a concussion and a hamstring harm suffered through the first T20I.
T Natarajan, one of many finds of the tour, bowled nicely on the nets and infrequently managed to beat the skin fringe of each stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara.
Set to play within the second Test in opposition to an in-form Australian crew, KL Rahul had an extended hit on the nets and so did Rishabh Pant.
As the gamers obtained busy on the nets after warming up, the Indian assume tank – head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and batting coach Vikram Rathour – had been seen exchanging notes from the apply session.
They additionally had an extended chat with Rahane, who will lead the crew within the remaining three Tests in he absence of Virat Kohli, who has flown again to India for the beginning of his baby.
Shastri was seen dialogue one thing with Rahul after the batsman’s web session and Prithvi Shaw, who’s going by means of a lean patch, was additionally seen batting within the nets in opposition to Kuldeep Yadav.
In the Australian camp, star batsmen Steve Smith and Marnus Labuchagne underwent an intense web classes on the MCG, watched over by head coach Justin Langer, with former Sri Lanka off-spinner Suraj Randiv bowling to them.
India path the four-match rubber 0-1 after struggling an eight-wicket defeat to the hosts within the day-night first Test in Adelaide, the place the guests collapsed to their document lowest rating of 36/9 within the second innings.
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