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Allan Border predicts Australias playing 11 The second Test of the four-match series will be played between India and Australia at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi from Friday. Former captain Allan Border has selected Australia's playing 11.
IND vs AUS: Former captain Allan Border has selected Australia's playing 11 for the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The former Australian captain has sprung a surprise by dropping Todd Murphy, the star of the first Test, from the playing 11. Border dropped Murphy and said that if Cameron Green or Mitchell Starc are fit then play.
Border, who played 156 Test matches, has also included Travis Head in the playing 11. Head was dropped from the playing 11 for the Nagpur Test, which caused quite an uproar as he had been a consistent performer over the past two seasons.
Head deserves a comeback after disappointing tours of Sri Lanka and Pakistan, says Border on SEN 1179 Breakfast. Border said, 'I think he hurt himself. I can't believe Travis Head was dropped because he didn't do well last time in India or Sri Lanka.
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Border further said, 'It can happen, but you are allowed to improve. Travis Head is one of those players who has improved and shown it. There is no doubt that he deserved to play in the first Test. I think the selection itself was wrong then.
Border said that Australia's strength is fast bowling and they have played in India before. This is the reason why Australia should keep three fast bowlers in the playing 11. He said, 'We are looking at the pitch, where the ball is spinning. I have a different opinion. I think we should have faith in our strength. Go with your fast bowler. Trouble the batsmen with a plan. We should play with three fast bowlers and one spinner.
Border further said, 'This formula has generally proved to be effective. We have done this in India before. Bowlers like McGrath, Kasprowicz and Jason Gillespie have had a lot of success here and given us 20 wickets. Australia need a draw or a win to seal a place in the WTC finals.
Australia's playing 11 selected by Allan Border: Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb, Cameron Green (if fit), Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood.