- Injuries plaguing Teamindia
- Australia under pressure
- Fourth Test from tomorrow
- On the Sony Six. From 5 p.m.
Utter Flapaina in Adelaide .. Shining in Melbourne .. Team India, which has kept the four-Test series alive with a seemingly draw in Sydney .. is preparing for the final Test of the series to be held in Gabba from Friday. Although he looks confident after the last match draw .. Injuries to key players have become a minus for the team. Selection of at least eleven fit players for the final squad has become a litmus test for management. On the other hand there was intense pressure on host Australia. Despite dominating the third Test, he was disappointed not to win. Against this backdrop, the Aussies are desperate to win the series with a roaring victory in the Brisbane Test.
Brisbane: Teamindia .. Australia tour reaches its climax. If the host Aussies win the ODI series in limited overs cricket, India will win the T20 series. The fight reached its climax when it came to the original Test series. Team India, who started the series with a crushing defeat in the Pink Ball Test in Adelaide as part of a four-Test series, drew 1-1 with the Kangaroos in the Melbourne Boxing Day Test. In the third Test in Sydney, a memorable match ended in a draw and a moral victory over the hosts. With the same enthusiasm, Team India will enter the ring with confidence in the decisive final, fourth Test of the series to be held at Gabba Stadium from Friday. However, injuries to key players in the squad are troubling India. Selecting 11 players who are fit has become a big challenge for captain Rahane. Recently, the pace gun Bumra was also ruled out due to injury. The Indian bowling department was further weakened. Hyderabadi Siraj, who has played two Tests, has to lead the pace squad. Along with young fast bowlers Saini, Natarajan is likely to make the final for the first time. Spinner Ashwin is not in full fitness. Against this backdrop, all-rounder Washington Sundar and leg-spinner Kuldeep Yadav have been practicing hard in the nets. If Ashwin does not play .. that position can be replaced with Kuldeep. When it comes to batting, openers Rohit Sharma, Gill, Chateshwar Pujara and Rahane, Taparder look strong. But, with the hiker away, there is a chance that Rishabh Pant will land in the midfielder. The management’s plan is to take him as a specialist batsman and hand over the responsibilities to Saha as a keeper if he is not able to keep the ball. The injured Jadeja is likely to be replaced by Sundar.
Without much change ..
The Aussies are under a lot of pressure after drawing the match they want to win in Sydney. This match will go into the ring without much change. The availability of all the above players and their solid record at Gabba is an added strength for the Kangaroos. The bowling department is strong with Cummins, Starc, Hazelwood and Lyon. In terms of batting, opener Pukovsky has been ruled out with a hamstring injury and could be replaced by Harris. Labushen, while Smith is in good form .. Green excels as an all-rounder. Aussie captain Payne is yet to be ruled out.
An additional advantage for the pacers is the high bounce on the Gabba wicket. However, this pitch is likely to contribute to some spinners as well.
The Aussies have won 33 of the 55 matches they have played so far at the Brisbane Stadium. Won in 8 matches. 13 matches ended in a draw. A match was tied.
India have played a total of six times here. However, he did not win even once. Drawn a match in 2003.
India:Rohit Sharma, Gill, Pujara, Rahane (captain), Pant, Saha (wicket-keeper), Sundar, Ashwin / Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Natarajan.
Australia: Warner, Pukovsky / Marcus Harris, Labushen, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameroon Green, Tim Payne (captain), Cummins, Stark, Lyon, Hazelwood.