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Ashwin Out? Rahul Back? India’s Selection Conundrum for SCG Test

03 January, 2019, 04:39 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Australia could have achieved the feat as early as during their trip in 2000-01 as the then world champions were leading a three-match series 1-0 and were cruising towards a 2-0 result at Eden Gardens before VVS Laxman played one of the iconic innings in the history of Indian cricket.

Having retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Kohli's Team India are heading into the much-anticipated Test with an unassailable 2-1 lead, which they had sealed after thrashing Australia by 137 runs in Melbourne - their first-ever Boxing Day Test win Down Under.

Captain Tim Paine said a final inspection of the SCG pitch will decide Australia's plans for the fourth Test as the hosts look to deny India a series victory. "That's something we've spoken about and something we are really keen to improve and address".

"If that's the way we go, Usman will go out and give his all as he always does".

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"It's just team balance really".

Indian pacers have beaten Australian pacers in-terms of number of wickets, average and strike rate in this series so far which also tells us why India are ahead in the series.

The Indian captain said, "If the series win happens, it's great because I have come here the third time on a Test tour and I know how hard it is to win here".

First-team regular Sharma was not included, however, with the reasons for his omission unclear - fellow fast bowler Umesh Yadav was named as his replacement. India were tested with a barrage of short deliveries in the first session, with Mayank Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara even copping helmet blows, but the pair smartly waded through it all, knowing that Australia don't have Mitchell Marsh to bowl the donkey overs and that the batting will get easier as the day wears down.

Mitch Marsh and Aaron Finch are in the gun.

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.

Barring an overnight change of thinking, the shock move would enable the Australian hierarchy to tinker with the batting line-up without a dramatic overhaul that would unsettle the team with only three tests left until the Ashes. "We will play with full intensity and effort".



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