Zero Wicket’s third Test XI v India

After India levelled the four-Test series against Australia at 1-1, following victory in the second Test, the news did not get much better for the tourists, with news strike bowler, Mitch Starc will miss the remainder of the series with a stress fracture in his right foot.

All-rounder Mitch Marsh, who was admittedly already on very thin ice, has also flown home due to a shoulder injury.

This means at least two changes must be made to the second Test line-up.

Pat Cummins has been added to the squad for Mitch Starc, while Victorian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has been flown in to replace Marsh.

Both selections have caused controversy.

Stoinis, who rose to fame following a near match winning century against New Zealand in the recent ODI tour against the Kiwis, is seen by many as a future star. However, during the 2016/17 Sheffield Shield season, he has averaged just 15 with the bat. He was chosen in front of Moises Henriques, who averages 65 this season.

Meanwhile, Cummins, whose talent is undeniable, has played just one Shield match in six years, taking eight wickets in his return last week.

So, with a 16-man squad, and two new inclusions, who should play in the third Test.

The majority of the 11 should stay the same, with the only players going out, those who are injured.

Glenn Maxwell should be given another go at Test level and come into the side for Marsh. While his Test record in his three matches to date is not great, he has the talent and has shown in recent Shield seasons, he is starting to develop the temperament needed for the longer form of the game.

His bowling can be useful as well, particularly on the Indian wickets. While Usman Khawaja was very stiff to miss out on the first two Tests given his summer record in Australia, the only reason we are overlooking him again here is due to the fact he is a top order batsman, rather than a No.6. Maxwell’s big hitting can also be useful lower down the order.

Combine that with the fact anyone could score more runs than Marsh at the moment and Maxwell could prove a good choice.

Pat Cummins is extremely lucky to be in the Test side so soon after returning to Shield cricket.

Chadd Sayers must be scratching his head. The South Australian quick thoroughly deserved a spot on the flight to India at the start of the tour and even more so when Starc went down injured. However, Cummins has been picked, possibly due to his pace.

However, Cummins has played just one game in his comeback to the longer form of cricket and cannot be trusted to last the match just yet. Jackson Bird should be the man to replace Starc in the XI.

While he does not possess the pace of Starc, he bowls a consistent line and length and will provide good foil for the spinners at the other end.

Zero Wicket’s third test XI v India

David Warner
Matt Renshaw
Steve Smith
Shaun Marsh
Peter Handscomb
Glenn Maxwell
Matthew Wade (wk)
Steve O’Keefe
Nathan Lyon
Josh Hazlewood
Jackson Bird

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