Select your Indian team for the Boxing Day Test

The mother of all series starts on Monday when India takes on Australia in the first match of the four-Test series, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Boxing Day Test has already attracted huge interest from fans worldwide and everyone is hoping for a keenly-contested battle between the two sides, as has been the case in the last few series between them.

Many believe the contest will boil down to a clash between India's experienced batting superstars and Australia's young pace battery.

India will be keen to break their jinx of never winning a Test series in Australia, while the hosts will be looking to return to their glory days after going through a lean patch in the last few years.

India are banking on their veterans -- Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag -- to turn on their magic Down Under and regain lost pride after the debacle in England earlier this year.

India's bowling is a concern though, with Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan, who are making their comebacks from injury, both looking rusty, while the other bowlers in the squad clearly lack experience, Umesh Yadav, Abhimanyu Mithun, R Vinay Kumar, R Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha having not played a Test in Australia before.

Do you think India should risk both Zaheer and Ishant in the first Test match?

Also, who should get the nod in the middle order? Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma? Should India go in with five bowlers to ensure cover incase of injury?

Be the selector and pick the eleven players you feel are the best to take on the Aussies on Monday.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain)
Virender Sehwag
Gautam Gambhir
Rahul Dravid
Sachin Tendulkar
VVS Laxman
Virat Kohli
Rohit Sharma
Ajinkya Rahane
Wriddhiman Saha
Zaheer Khan
Ishant Sharma
Umesh Yadav
Abhimanyu Mithun
R Vinay Kumar
Ravichandran Ashwin
Pragyan Ojha