Australia Vs India Fourth Test Preview highlights:
- Australia and India take on each other for the fourth match of the series on 3rd January
- The match will start at 5:00 am IST and be aired live on Sony Ten 3, SIX/HD
- Both sides have brought in an additional spinner into their 13 man squad with Kuldeep Yadav making way for the Indians and Marnus Labuschagne being called up by Australia
- India lead the series 2-1 and have already retained the series trophy ahead of the final test
- Tentaran’s coverage of the match will begin at 4:30 am on Thursday morning with team news, toss updates, commentary and live score updates from the SCG test
Zeroing in on their first ever test series win in Australia, a buoyant and determined Indian side will go into the Sydney test match tomorrow knowing that a famous win is just 5 days away. Leading the series 2-1 after having comprehensively outplayed Australia by 137 runs in the MCG test, one of India’s most memorable cricketing sports moment beckons them on the 3rd of January.
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Having scripted a plethora of records at the MCG, one of the most notable beings winning two test matches in a series in Australia in 41 years, this Indian side under the leadership of Virat Kohli knows that it can cement its legendary status by doling out another scrumptious performance. The pivotal fourth test match beckons for them not only a chance to start off 2019 with a bang but also win their first ever test series on Australian soil.
However, ahead of their plans of churning out another immaculate performance, the Indian camp was hit back in their preparations with injuries inflicting the side. While Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the test match, Ashwin’s hopes of featuring at the SCG hang on a thin thread. Rohit Sharma’s return to India to be with his wife and newborn further compound India’s problems ahead of the match that was perhaps the most important for them in the last calendar year.
Despite the injuries, India has still announced a heavyweight squad one that sees Kuldeep Yadav be included for a pitch that promises to be a real rank turner. He is expected to straightway find his place in the playing XI with India having earmarked a two-spin attack game plan for the standout fixture.
Australia vs India fourth test preview sees us take a look at the key areas India will need to dominate to win the series 3-1. Mayank Aggarwal and Hanuma Vihari who stabilised a faltering opening spot in the recently concluded third match will be opening the innings once again for the tourists and looking to provide the country with yet another strong platform for the middle-order to build on.
In the batting unit, Pujara and Kohli will once again be the fulcrums of the Indian team. The two have been the mainstays of India’s batting charge throughout this series, delivering consistent performances with their bat the entirety of the Domain test series and India will once again be relying heavily on them come match day.
While the top and middle-order will be unchanged, the lower middle-order will see the onus fall on Jadeja in the absence of Rohit Sharma to bat it out with the tail and contribute to the team’s scoreboard. It will be imperative for the spinning all-rounder to take the brunt of the responsibility on his shoulders and help add the finishing touches to India’s innings.
On the bowling front, all eyes will once again be on Jasprit Bumrah who has been a real revelation for the side this series. Having taken the accountability of leading India’s pace battery with impeccable efficiency, another gem of a performance by him will all but ensure that India adds in their kitty a memorable series in Australia.
For Australia, the problems are much larger though. Their win in the second test proved to be nothing but false dawn with the side catapulting at the MCG. Having already lost the trophy, the final test is the last opportunity for them to save their face this series.
It won’t be an easy task for them through against an Indian side that is clearly building on its momentum with each passing game. From the batting to the bowling unit, the hosts have plenty of areas to address and limited options to help paper over the cracks. They’ve gone in with the same squad barring the inclusion of leg-spinner Marnus Labuschagne and will be hoping that their players finally step up to the mantle and give India a run for their money.
India’s 13 Man Squad
Virat Kohli (C), A Rahane (VC), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, C Pujara, H Vihari, R Pant, R Jadeja, K Yadav, R Ashwin, M Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav
Tim Paine (Captain, WK), Josh Hazlewood, Mitch Marsh, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Marnus Labuschagne.