Australia has made a change to their squad ahead of the second Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, set to begin on February 17 in Delhi. According to cricket.com.au, spinner Matthew Kuhnemann has been included in the team, replacing his Queensland teammate Mitchell Swepson, who will be returning home to attend the birth of his child. Swepson was unable to participate in the first Test in Nagpur, which India won by an innings and 132 runs.
The addition of Kuhnemann to the squad gives the Australian team a second left-arm spin option to complement Ashton Agar. Kuhnemann is currently playing in the Marsh Sheffield Shield and recently claimed 2-55 off 21 overs and 1-67 off 23 overs at the MCG.
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The Australian team is also dealing with a few injury concerns. All-rounder Cameron Green, who was not available for the first Test, is recovering from a finger injury and the team is hopeful that he will be able to play in Delhi. If Green is able to play, the team may have the option to field an extra spinner alongside Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy.
Mitchell Starc is expected to join the squad in Delhi for the next game, as confirmed by Pat Cummins on Saturday. Starc missed the series opener due to a finger injury. Meanwhile, the Australian captain has stated that Josh Hazlewood will not be available for the next game. Batsman Matthew Renshaw is also dealing with a knee concern, which may cause the Australian team to worry about Green’s availability.
After losing the first Test by a large margin, Australia will be looking to bounce back in the series. On Saturday, India capitalized on the Australian team’s fear of spin on a spin-friendly wicket, which resulted in the team being bowled out for 91, their lowest total in India and second-lowest ever. With this victory, India has set themselves up for a possible 3-0 win, which would secure their place in the World Test Championships (WTC) Final, set to take place later this year at the Oval in London.