Aussie coach confirms playing XI for Boxing Day Test

‘Unless something happens over the next few days and that can in the world we live but we are going with the same XI’

Australia coach Justin Langer has all but confirmed his side will be unchanged for their second Test against India which starts at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday

Australia completed an eight-wicket victory over the tourists in the first Test in Adelaide after they dismissed Virat Kohli’s team for a record low score of 36 in their second innings.

“I’d be a pretty courageous man to change the XI for this Test match after the last one,” Langer told reporters on Thursday.

“At this stage, unless something happens over the next few days – and things can happen in the world we live in – we’ll go in with the same XI, I’d say.”

Opening batsman David Warner, who missed the first Test because of a groin injury, had already been ruled out of the match and was likely the only player to have been in contention to force his way into the side.

Australia’s playing XI: Joe Burns, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood. 

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