Australia v India: fourth Test, day one

03 January, 2019, 07:12 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Border Gavaskar Trophy India have won 20 out of 47 Tests since the Border Gavaskar Trophy was introduced in 1996

But the Board of Control for Cricket in India released a 13-man squad, including Ashwin and excluding paceman Ishant Sharma, two hours later and said it would be trimmed before the toss.

The SCG will be bathed in pink in support of Glenn McGrath's Cancer Foundation as the two teams will step out for the last Test of the Border-Gavaskar trophy, which regardless of the result of this match will remain with India.

The off spinner suffered a side strain in the first test match at Adelaide and has not been a part of the Indian team for the last two test matches at Perth and Melbourne.

Answers to these and more as Cricket Analyst, Mr Ashutosh Paibhale discusses the Sydney Test in detail.

While the hosts certainly missed their star duo in Steve Smith and David Warner, they still have a chance to level the series at Sydney, where in this century, they have just lost two Tests and both against their arch-rivals England. 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".

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Paine said it was crucial that the batsmen play their part in Sydney, with none of them getting more than 50 in Melbourne with the exception of tailender Pat Cummins.

"He's very important for sure". Traditionally, the New Year's Test is always played at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground, and it is no different this year. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav was named as his replacement. He is very disappointed with the fact that he has not been able to recover in time, but the things have been laid out to him (as to) what needs to be done to get back to full fitness. Lokesh Rahul returns for Rohit Sharma, who is absent after the birth of his first child.

Additionally, this 13-man shortlist can also be seen as a ploy to keep Australia guessing, for the hosts made a departure from norm and decided not to name their playing eleven for the first time in this series.

Indian middle-order's contribution is also one of the biggest factors which makes India favourites to win the series.

The other toss-up is between opener Aaron Finch and leg-spin all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne. It's likely there'll be a reshuffle of the faltering top order, with Usman Khawaja tipped to move up to open the innings, and Marnus Labuschagne a contender for a call up as a backup spinning option on a wicket expected to favor spin as it deteriorates. "We know how good a player of spin he is".

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