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Slow pitch steals the headlines as India take dominant position on day one

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TODAY’S LINE-UP from 9:30am AEDT, 8:30am AEST: Tim Lane, Bruce Eva, Tom Morris, Mike Hussey, Ian Chappell, Darren Lehmann, John Emburey, Glenn McGrath

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STUMPS

In front of a record MCG crowd, India will be the happier of the two teams following the conclusion of day one.

Finishing at 2-215, India were rarely troubled on a pitch that was begin to come under fire in the coming days if its slow nature continues.

Pat Cummins was Australia’s most damaging bowling, taking the only two wickets of the day for the hosts.

Australia will need to strike early on day two to claw their way back into this but with weather pushing into the mid-30s predicted, India will be intent on keeping them in the field for as long as possible.

Click PLAY to listen to full highlights from the opening day.

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TEA

Tim Lane spoke to Darren Lehmann extensively following the airing of Cameron Bancroft’s interview on Fox Cricket during the lunch break.

Click PLAY to hear the full discussion on Macquarie Sports Radio Cricket

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Darren Lehmann has implored Cricket Australia to play more Shield cricket during the BBL season.

He told Macquarie Sports Radio Cricket the head body should schedule more four-day domestic cricket concurrently with the Sydney Test match, even if it clashes with T20 cricket.

“Play it all on the eastern states so you don’t have any issues with moving players back to their home states,” he said.

Click PLAY to hear Lehmann’s theory

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CROWD RECORD

We’ve set a new crowd record for a Test match against India in Australia.

71,376 is the current attendance at the MCG on Boxing Day.

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Cameron Bancroft’s highly-anticipated interview aired on Fox Cricket during the lunch break and our team discussed it.

Click PLAY to hear the full chat

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LUNCH

All the talk in the first session was about the state of the MCG pitch but nonetheless, India have made a strong start on Boxing Day.

The tourists head into the sheds at 1-57.

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TOSS

India has won the toss and elected to bat.

As announced on Christmas Day, here are the teams:

Australia XI: Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Tim Paine (c, wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

India XI: Mayank Agarwal, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah

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Glenn McGrath isn’t happy with the MCG pitch.

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THE BUILD UP

The biggest day on the Australian cricket calendar is finally here.

The Boxing Day Test is revered right around the global cricketing world but this year takes on even more significance with the series between Australia and India locked at 1-1.

It was India who landed the first blow at the Adelaide Oval in a thrilling first Test but Australia hit back in Perth, where an unpredictable pitch saw India bowled out for 140 in the final innings and the home side prevail by 146 runs.

In the lead up to the start of today’s Test, all the talk has centred on the MCG pitch after the ICC rated it as ‘poor’ following the Boxing Day Ashes draw last summer. But from all indications, the wicket is set to offer more for the bowlers across the five days.

The tourists have sensationally axed openers KL Rahul and Murali Vijay, with debutant Mayank Agarwal set to open the batting with Hanuma Vihari. While for Australia, Peter Handscomb makes way for Mitch Marsh.

The stage is set at a a sun-soaked MCG and everything’s in readiness ahead of the much-anticipated Test between Australia and India.

Make sure you join Bruce Eva, Tim Lane, Darren Lehmann, Mike Hussey and the rest of the Macquarie Sports Radio commentary team for the best call of the Boxing Day Test.

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