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Fans are eagerly waiting for the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy scheduled to take place later this year. Australia and India have always produced nail-biting encounters and this series will be of no different. Meanwhile, as everyone looks forward, Australian speedster Josh Hazlewood has picked his combined India-Australia Test XI.

Virat Kohli & Co will be eager to replicate their success when they last toured down under. India registered their first-ever series win against the Aussies beating them 2-1. However, the challenge will be more this time around with the presence of Virat Kohli and Steve Smith.

As the speculations continue to rife, Josh Hazlewood has picked his combined India-Australia Test XI. The Aussie quick only considered players of the current generation who are from the current generation.

“Starting from quicks, I will have myself in (laughs) with Pat Cummins and Jasprit Bumrah. In Australian conditions, I will have Nathan Lyon and in Indian conditions, Ravichandran Ashwin.

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Openers would be Mayank Agarwal – taking future in consideration – and David Warner. Steve Smith, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara are automatic picks at three, four and five. At no. six…I will have Marnus Labuschagne or Rohit Sharma given their ability to change the game,” Times Now quoted Josh Hazlewood as saying. 

Moreover, Josh Hazlewood admitted that he is looking forward to playing India at their own backyard. He along with the entire Australian team will be keen to avenge the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The 29-year-old fast bowler will be next seen during the Indian Premier League. He will represent the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, who lost to Mumbai Indians in the final in IPL 2019.

India-Australia combined Test XI of Josh Hazlewood:

Mayank Agarwal, David Warner, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara, Marnus Labuschagne/Rohit Sharma, Tim Paine (wk), Nathan Lyon/Ravichandran Ashwin, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Jasprit Bumrah.