Australia v India 2nd Test – 26/12/2020

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Australia v India 2nd Test Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Predictions – 26/12/2020

Australia have an early series lead after trouncing India inside three days in the opening Test. They could make it 2-0 or the Indians might fight back to level things at 1-1.

Discover our free cricket betting tips for today’s match. We also have valuable information about the best betting sites in India.

Australia v India 2nd Test Betting Tips
Best Bet Marnus Labuschagne to be the top first-innings batsman for Australia at 4.5 with 1xBet
Value Bet Ravichandran Ashwin to be the top first-innings bowler for India at 4.5 with 22Bet
Next Best Bet Pat Cummins to be the player of the match at 11.0 with bet365

Australia v India 2nd Test – Match Preview

India were well and truly beaten in Adelaide and it’s not looking promising for the tourists going into the Melbourne match.

This will be the 100th Test between the two nations. The Aussies have won 43 and lost 28 of the 99 so far, with 27 draws.

Where: Melbourne Cricket Ground

When: Saturday, 26 December 2020

Start time: 05:00 IST (23:30 GMT, previous day)

Pitch conditions: Australia have lost only one of their last nine Tests at the MCG. That defeat was against India in 2018. Captains who win the toss traditionally opt to bat first here.

Weather conditions: There is a small chance of rain predicted for the week of the match in Melbourne. Temperatures are expected to hang around 25 degrees celsius for a quite pleasant few days at the MCG.

Australia v India 2nd Test – Latest Odds

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For this Test in Melbourne, they have Australia priced as 1.44 favourites and India 5.2 underdogs. A draw is priced at 5.6.

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Australia v India 2nd Test – Team News

David Warner hasn’t recovered from injury in time. That’ll mean Matthew Wade and Joe Burns continue to open the batting for Australia.

Australia won’t likely change their winning combination. However, they could rotate their seam attack, with James Pattinson or Michael Neser coming in for Mitchell Starc or Pat Cummins.

India will be without captain Virat Kohli for this match and the rest of the series. He has headed home to be with his pregnant wife.

Ajinkya Rahane will lead the XI in the absence of Kohli. Rohit Sharma could slot into a batting order that might have Shubman Gill replace Prithvi Shaw as well.

Mohammed Shami is also out for the remaining matches.

While the Aussies have a solid all-rounder in Cameron Green, India are lacking one. They need more in the batting and bowling, so perhaps selecting Ravindra Jadeja is the way forward.

Australia v India – Squads

Australia India
Tim Paine (captain) Ajinkya Rahane (captain)
Steven Smith Mayank Agarwal
Joe Burns Prithvi Shaw
Sean Abbott KL Rahul
Pat Cummins Cheteshwar Pujara
Marnus Labuschagne Rohit Sharma
Cameron Green Hanuma Vihari
Josh Hazlewood Shubman Gill
Travis Head Wriddhiman Saha
Nathan Lyon Rishabh Pant
Michael Neser Jasprit Bumrah
James Pattinson Mohammed Siraj
Will Pucovski Umesh Yadav
Mitchell Starc Navdeep Saini
Matthew Wade Kuldeep Yadav
Ravindra Jadeja
Ravichandran  Ashwin

Australia v India 2nd Test – Betting Tips and Predictions

Here are more free cricket betting tips for you. They are based on the form of the players, our years of experience and generous odds.

Bet on Labuschagne to Be Australia’s Top Batsman

A lot could be made of David Warner’s return to the XI and the characteristic dominance of Steven Smith. But don’t look past Marnus Labuschagne’s superb consistency.

He’s had a record year, almost hit a 50 in the first innings in Adelaide and missed out in the second. Labuschagne is an excellent price at 4.5 with 1xBet to be Australia’s top batsman in the first innings.

Back Ashwin to Be India’s Top Bowler

Ravichandran Ashwin was the standout Indian bowler in Adelaide. He has so much experience and thrives on a challenge, which don’t come much bigger than trying to bounce back from defeat inside three days.

Ashwin is the man for the occasion and might have more onus on him with Mohammed Shami ruled out due to injury. Bet on Ashwin to be India’s top first-innings bowler at 4.5 with 22Bet.

Make Cummins Your Player of the Match

Pat Cummins was spot on in the series opener, snaring seven wickets in total. It’s possible the Aussies might rest Mitchell Starc or Josh Hazlewood, but probably not Cummins.

He is the a big match-winner and just the type of bowler to really kick in when his team are on top. Make Cummins your player of the match with bet365 at 11.0. They have many other markets to bet on, too.

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Australia v India - Frequently Asked Questions

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When is the Australia v India 2nd Test?

This match is scheduled to start on 26 December 2020, with a start time of 05:00 IST (23:30 GMT, previous day). It will be played at the MCG.

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