Can Aussies level series in fourth Test at the SCG?

Can Aussies level series in fourth Test at the SCG?

Can Aussies level series in fourth Test at the SCG?

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Virat Kohli, thus, is in a unique position as the only Indian captain to go into the final Test on the Australian soil with the cushion of a series lead.

Numerous remainder of the questions Paine faced revolved around how Australia, who travel to England for an Ashes series later this year, could get better.

Marnus Labuschagne was also added to the squad following Australia's 137-run defeat to India in the Boxing Day Test last week. Only later did the management release a statement that Ishant had, in fact, sustained an injury and the team was not willing to risk him for the final Test. "Ishant is experiencing some left rib cage discomfort and the team management did not want to risk him during this Test match".

KL Rahul, who was axed for the last Melbourne Test, is back in contention and could open the innings with Mayank Agarwal, with Hanuma Vihari dropping back down to No 6 as cover for Rohit. Kohli was more contained than usual at the other end, ensuring that Australia are ground to dust with no Mitchell Marsh to do the hard yards.

"He's very important for sure". With a tied Test also part of the history, India have managed 28 wins over the years. "He is very disappointed that he's not able to recover in time", Kohli elaborated. Ishant Sharma, who was excellent in the previous Test, was excluded though there was no clarity on why that was.

A final decision on his fitness and availability for the match will be taken at toss-time. But Kohli's team has already reached a position where it can not lose the series and will go all out to close the Sydney match on a winning note to justify its position as the top-ranked Test team. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav was named as his replacement.

Rohit Sharma has recently become a father.

Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.

While Australia must win to level the series, Paine said that his aim was on improvement, particularly in the batting department, with home Tests to come against Sri Lanka ahead of an Ashes tour to England this year.

Skipper Tim Paine said that they would wait to announce the team until the toss, taking into consideration if India opt to play two full-time spinners. That means the best an unsettled Australia lineup can do is draw the four-match contest by winning in Sydney. Kohli has matched that record in 24 away Tests.

Both India and Australia are expected to make changes to their playing XIs for the fourth Test.

Australia (from): Tim Paine (captain), Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Handscomb, Mitch Marsh, Peter Siddle.

Match starts 5 am (IST).

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