India rang in the changes for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, bringing in Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja in place of Murali Vijay, KL Rahul and Umesh Yadav.Mayank and Haunma Vihari were revealed to be openers for the Boxing day Test with many pointing out the inexperience of the pair. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar though was of the opinion that it was a change that was needed.”It was a change that was needed as both the openers that played the first couple of games looked completely out of sorts and their confidence would be pretty low. So to get two new openers makes a lot of sense. Even if they don’t score runs at least you go in without the trauma of failures hanging. Therefore I believe this is a good change and hopefully it will come good for India,” Gavaskar told India Today.”Playing with the same openers would have been a greater risk. It is a positive move. Hanuma Vihari was very impressive with the way he played in Perth, he showed a good sound defence. Mayank Agarwal has loads of runs under his belt in domestic cricket… so he clearly needs to be promoted to the highest level. You just have to keep your fingers crossed,” he added.The opening pair of Rahul and Vijay scored just 95 runs between them in eight innings of the first two Test matches in Adelaide and Perth. Gavaskar said that it was unlucky that Rahul and Vijay were dismissed e way they were and hoped that the new pair can stick around longer.advertisement”The problem with opening batsmen is that they get an absolute beauties in the first half-a-dozen overs and you never see such deliveries again. The delivery that got KL Rahul and Murali Vijay got at Lord’s and Perth… Was that delivery ever seen again in the entire match? So that is one of the hazards of being an opening batsman. You have to keep your fingers crossed that these two young batsmen can stick around there.. Even if they bat till lunch and don’t score too many runs…60-70 runs maybe that will be just the kind of start that the Indians will need,” Gavaskar said.Gavaskar also reiterated that it is not going to be easy for the incoming pair of Vihari and Mayank, as they will first ones out in front of a charged up Australian crowd.”It is going to tough for them, with the crowd that will be baying for them, especially now that Australia won a Test and are looking for resurgence. The Australian crowd will be totally backing their team. But this is what Test cricket all about… this is what separates the men from the boys. This is terrific opportunity for both these youngsters to show that they belong to this highest form of cricket. it is a great… great opportunity,” Gavaskar said.Gavaskar also said the return of Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jedeja gives much needed teams balance.”Having Rohit Sharma at No.6, also gives him the chance to alter the course of the Test. He is an impact player. If he gets going he can do that and get loads of runs. These two changes and bringing in [Ravindra] Jadeja into the team will work for the Indian team,” he said.”It is the kind of balance that you need when you go and play overseas. Your batting is not that strong. You can either have an extra batting at No.6 and at No. 7 Rishabh Pant and at No. 8, Jadeja. That gives India’s batting a lot more depth. And there is also Hanuma Vihari, he has the knack of picking wickets…. you actually have four regular bowlers plus Hanuma Vihari, who can relieve the quicker bowlers with coming in and bowling some tight spells. I think this a very balanced team for this Test and I am very hopeful that they can turn it around and win this one,” Gavaskar added.Team India captain Virat Kohli will be up against history as they have played seven Boxing Day Test in Australia, losing five of them by big margins. Sunil Gavaskar wants the Indian camp to brace for tough challenge especially after Australia won the previous Test in Perth.”It is going to tough for them, with the crowd that will be baying for them, especially now that Australia won a Test and are looking for resurgence. The Australian crowd will be totally backing their team. But this is what Test cricket all about… this is what separates the men from the boys. This is terrific opportunity for both these youngsters to show that they belong to this highest form of cricket. it is a great… great opportunity,” he said.advertisement”I think he [Virat Kohli] is aware of the fact that this going to be a very important Test. Everybody in that team is aware of that fact. They win this Test, they do not lose the series. Even if Australia turn it around in Sydney, it will be 2-2.”This Test will be very very important for the Indian team not just Virat Kohli. They have this opportunity to create history. No Indian team has beaten Australia in a Test series. They win in Melbourne, you can be pretty certain that they can win in Sydney as well. That pitch helps the spinners a little bit… and India can very well go in with two spinners in that Test [Sydney]. The important game is this one, because Australia have just won one and they are on a high. India has to counter that straight away,” Gavaskar added.Also Read | India set to start fresh with new openers in Boxing Day Test vs AustraliaAlso Read | India in Boxing Day Tests against Australia: History doesn’t favour Virat Kohli’s menAlso Read | Who will open for India with Mayank Agarwal? Hanuma Vihari or Rohit Sharma?
We are calling for referees to attend and officiate at the annual KidsXpress Touch of Colour charity corporate Touch Football event, held in conjunction with the National Rugby League (NRL) and the KidsXpress for Life Foundation. KidsXpress for life Foundation looks at helping young children who have been traumatised, abused and neglected. KidsXpress utilises â€œexpression therapyâ€ to help kids share their thoughts, ideas and imagination through song, dance, art and dramaâ€¦.and sport. This event raises significant funds and awareness in support of this great cause and initiative and is a great day out for all stakeholders. Come and take part in this opportunity which will feature former NRL stars playing in various corporate teams; providing an amazing opportunity to engage with former stars, new friends and officiate on Allianz Stadium; all the while and contributing to raising valuable funds for the KidsXpress for Life Foundation. Where: Allianz Stadium, Moore Park When: Friday, 18 November 2016 Time: 1.00pm â€“ 4.00pm Format: 20 teams, four pools of five teams, Round Robin games. Four fields, 10 minute games, 30 second half time (change direction), one and a half minutes break between games. Top two from each pool progress to Quarter Finals. Former NRL stars in attendance: Roy Asotasi Danny Buderus Shane Elford Jamie Feeney Joe Galuvao Dene Halatau Nathan Hindmarsh Peter Jorgensen Jason King Anthony Minichiello Adam Peek Josh Perry Frank Puletua Tony Puletua Anthony QuinnLuke RicketsonAndrew Ryan Willie Talau Nigel Vagana Trent Waterhouse Rhys Wesser Paul Whatuira To confirm your availability or for further information please contact Zoe Zinetti [email protected] or 02 6212 2809 by Monday, 14 November 2016.Related LinksCalling all referees!