Australia vs India, 4th Test

Australia vs India, 4th Test

Australia vs India, 4th Test

India's unwavering pursuit of history hit a minor glitch in 11th hour injury concerns but Virat Kohli's men will still walk in as overwhelming favourites against a faltering Australia in the fourth and final Test starting on Thursday.

Salman also went to Australia with Qalandars development squad where he impressed local cricket clubs with his performance, who offered him contract to play for them.

Ishant is experiencing some left rib cage discomfort and the team management did not want to risk him during the fourth Test match in Sydney. "He is very important for sure".

India lead the series 2-1. Having resisted playing two spinners at Adelaide, and gone without a spinner at Perth -wickets that broke down enough for Nathan Lyon to return with 16 wickets from the two matches - could India be tempted to field two spin-bowling options at an SCG turf conventionally regarded among Australia's more spin-friendly tracks?

In a unusual u-turn, after he was ruled out at the time of Kohli's pre-match press conference, Ashwin was named in the 13-man shortlist for this fourth Test. "In Test cricket, he is a vital part of this team and we want him to be 100 per cent fit and for a longer period so that he can contribute to us more in the Test format", captain Kohli apprised the media of the situation.

India's pursuit for a historic 3-1 win in Australia has to overcome a couple of serious injury issues in the side. 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.

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"If that's the way we go, Usman will go out and give his all as he always does", said Australia skipper Tim Paine. That means the best an unsettled Australia lineup can do is draw the four-match contest by winning in Sydney.

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

Australia has been a vulnerable target for top-ranked India since senior batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner were suspended for 12 months and opening batsman Cameron Bancroft for nine months in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March.

India have named two left-arm spinners - chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav and the orthodox Ravindra Jadeja in the final 13.

Aaron Finch has been dropped and Peter Handscomb comes in, with Usman Khawaja moving up to open the batting.

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