Australia recalls all-rounder Marsh for test against India; Handscomb out

Meet Archie Schiller Australia's 7-year-old co-captain in Melbourne Test

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Australia's Christmas Eve training shaped up as a No. 6 nets shootout between Mitchell Marsh and Peter Handscomb, with Marsh firming as the most likely option for the Boxing Day Test.

'I'm sure Pete would be upset.

Dropping Handscomb after Australia's first Test win since the Cape Town cheating scandal would be a blow to his confidence and Test career, which started with enormous promise and two centuries in the space of four games. Pete at his best is going to score a lot of Test runs and not just his batting, he brings a hell of a lot to our side in terms of his fielding, his experience and just the way he generally goes about his cricket. "The majority of this decision has been based around it's a long series, we've played on a lot of hot days and our bowlers have had a big workload", he said.

"Sometimes we live a life, it's very good, but you can be consumed in your own life at times, so to have someone like that around is actually really inspiring for our group".

Archie, who suffers from a heart ailment, dreams of captaining Australia and it has been confirmed he would co-captain Tim Paine in the third Test against India, starting on December 26. India axed both openers.

Finch and state teammate Marcus Harris will be the first Victorian opening duo in an MCG Test since 1973 when Keith Stackpole and Paul Sheahan opened against New Zealand.

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Mayank Agarwal will make his test debut on Wednesday with spinning all-rounder Hanuma Vihari joining him in a new-look opening pair.

Experienced No.6 Rohit Sharma was declared fit and resumes his place in the side after missing the Perth Test.

After their decision not to play a specialist spinner spectacularly backfired in Perth, where Australia levelled the series 1-1, the tourists included Jadeja in the playing XI after first choice Ravichandran Ashwin failed to recover from an abdominal strain.

"So the key is to stay in the moment, stay in the present".

Kohli, who scored a battling century in Perth but was criticised for failing to acknowledge the crowd when he was controversially given out, also said he would not be looking for confrontations with Paine in Melbourne.

'When both teams are passionate and desperate to win, obviously those things happen on the field. "We're sure he'll score a lot more runs for Australia". "We want to lead our teams well and play good cricket that the public wants to see".

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