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India roped in Mayank Agarwal to open the innings alongside Hanuma Vihari.
Vihari opening the innings at the MCG is a sort of deja vu for Prasad, who was given the same role during the disastrous 1999 series where he found Brett Lee's pace too hot to handle.
While there was temptation to play all-rounder Hardik Pandya, a fit-again Rohit Sharma will give the cushion of an extra batsman.
The pair had some testy exchanges in the second Test at Perth, which at one point needed the umpire to intervene.
Kohli was batting with Murali Vijay after India suffered two early blows with the loss of opener KL Rahul and in-form batsman Cheteshwar Pujara.
Australia began at 277 for six and could add 49 runs to their overnight total.
India won the opening Test of a series in Australia for the first time in 70 years.
The four-day tour game ended in a draw as India scored 211 for two in their second innings in reply to Cricket Australia XI's 544.
Murali Vijay struck a confident hundred while K L Rahul scored a half-century in the warm-up game against Cricket Australia XI.
In an ideal world, Vijay’s return to the Test squad should have kept Rahul on his toes. But it has not helped him or India.
Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (41 no, 94 balls) and Vihari (51 no, 63 balls) added 86 runs for an unbroken fourth-wicket stand.
First unofficial Test: Prithvi Shaw shines while Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane fail against New Zealand A
At stumps on the opening day, India A scored 340 for five with Australia bound opener Shaw, middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari and comeback man Parthiv Patel utilised the opportunity to the fullest.
Vijay said the Indian team management has done well by arranging enough practice games ahead of the Australia Tour, where the team is scheduled to play a four-Test series from December 6.
Vijay, who turned out for Tamil Nadu in a Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh, spoke about the upcoming tour and more. Excerpts...
The team will be missing the services of left-arm paceman T Natarajan and right-arm medium-pacer K Vignesh, who sustained injuries recently.