Veteran Indian star ruled out of 4th test at Sydney

Virat Kohli's team set to decimate Australia in Sydney Test despite Ravichandran Ashwin's injury

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.

A series win in Australia will certainly put Kohli on a different pedestal even though the quality of the home team's batting line-up suffered due to the ball-tampering bans on former skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner.

Foxtel Sports and Kayo Sports will live stream the final Test for the Australian viewers.

With Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal, who made his Test debut in the Melbourne match, standing tall with the bat, a historic first awaits Team India in the New Year. Should India go in with 2 spinners in the match?

Kohli had earlier said of Ashwin: "The physio and the trainer have spoken to him in terms of what's required in order to get over that injury". India may consider resting Ishant Sharma as he did not seem to have the sting at Melbourne. 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".




That's half-century for Mayank Agarwal, who is playing his second Test. He's very important in Test cricket, he's a vital part of the team. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav was named as his replacement.

This is on assumption that regardless of Ashwin's fitness, India will opt to play four bowlers, whether in a two-pacer-two spinners or three-pacers-one-spinner combination.

Austin has been a star for Australia at Under 19 level over the last few years, and has been rewarded with a special call-up to field for the Test side. If anyone looked doubtful for selection during India's training session it was Shami, who arrived at the ground on a hot summer's Sydney day in a jacket and flip-flops and did not take part in any of the drills performed. "We want to be able to take that legacy forward and play the kind of cricket we have played in this series, which has been exciting for people to watch as well as for both teams competing", Kohli added.

Speaking of, that means Aaron Finch will be the first drop of the day, out of the team with Usman Khawaja to open the batting.

Australia (from): Tim Paine (captain), Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Handscomb, Mitch Marsh, Peter Siddle.

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