Indian Skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat in Sydney Test. India and Australia made two changes to the team with both teams opting for an extra spinner. For India, KL Rahul returns to the top while Hanuma Vihari will drop down to number six. Kuldeep Yadav replaces injured Ishant Sharma adding to the spin strength of the team.
Australia dropped Opener Aaron Finch. Usman Khawaja will Open for the team and Finch’s replacement Marnus Labuschagne will bat at number 3. Peter Handscomb returns to the XI at the expense of vice-captain Mitchell Marsh.
Australia (Playing XI): Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah