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India-Australia combined Best XI from the Test series

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Virat Kohli will lead the side while Tim Paine failed to get a nod
Virat Kohli will lead the side while Tim Paine failed to get a nod

After a long wait of 71 years, the Indian cricket team has finally won a Test series on Australian soil. Led by their mesmerizing skipper Virat Kohli, the men in blue secured a 2-1 series win over their Australian counterparts in the four-match Test series. The margin could have been bigger had weather conditions favoured the Indians in Sydney.

It is debatable whether this Indian team is the best ever or not, but even if they are not, Ravi Shastri's team is certainly high up there in the ranking of Indian teams. There were many good performers from the visiting team, while some Australian cricketers also stood firm amidst all the chaos. Let us have a look at the combined best XI of the series, which features seven Indians and four Aussies.

#1 Openers - Mayank Agarwal & Marcus Harris

Agarwal solved India's opening conundrum
Agarwal solved India's opening conundrum

Things weren't as smooth for Kohli midway through the series as it is now. Though there were not many issues bothering him, the opening conundrum was indeed a big one as both Murali Vijay and KL Rahul were failing to score runs. Mayank Agarwal, who was performing consistently in the domestic circuit, was given an opportunity which he grabbed with both hands. In two matches, Agarwal scored 195 runs at an average of 65. He hit two half-centuries in his debut series.

To partner him, Australia's Marcus Harris is the perfect fit. Harris was an exception in the inconsistent batting lineup of Australia. Opening the innings for Tim Paine's team, the left-hander scored 258 runs in four games at an average of 36. Like Agarwal, he also has got two fifties to his name and is the highest run-scorer for Australia in the series.

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