Australia vs India - 4th Test Match Preview & Prediction

Marnus Labuschagne is set to be handed the first drop spot in the Australian batting order for the fourth test beginning on Thursday

Marnus Labuschagne is set to be handed the first drop spot in the Australian batting order for the fourth test beginning on Thursday

In total, India have played 23 Test series outside Asia since 2000, out of which 16 series were decided in the final match.

On Wednesday, he bowled against top Indian batsmen including Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Chetashwar Pujara during the nets as Indian team trained in Sydney for the 4th Test against Australia.

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. "And he's doing what he can to get over that injury", Kohli said.

Let's have a look at the predicted playing XI of both teams.

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"It's unfortunate that he's had two niggles that are quite similar in the last couple of away tours", said Kohli during the pre-match press conference.

"The reason why we want to win this Test is because we understand as cricketers how hard it is to come here and play".

The tourists may be tempted to promote Kuldeep Yadav, who is mentored by Brad Hogg and notably bamboozled Australia on Test debut in Dharamsala a year ago, but Kohli gave a ringing endorsement of Vihari's offspin.

Australia's Aaron Finch is set to pay the price for his poor form
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A final decision on his fitness and availability for the match will be taken at toss-time.

Left-arm finger-spinner Ravindra Jadeja is expected to stay in the side for the fourth Test beginning Thursday. Fast bowler Ishant Sharma and offie R Ashwin are injured and Rohit Sharma is away after his wife gave birth to their daughter.

In Rohit Sharma's absence, out-of-favour opener KL Rahul could be slated for a comeback after missing out in Melbourne, with Hanuma Vihari slotting down to his number six spot. If Ravichandran Ashwin has still not recovered, Kuldeep Yadav may get to play his first Test Down Under. We need him to be 100 per cent fit.

Additionally, this 13-man shortlist can also be seen as a ploy to keep Australia guessing, for the hosts made a departure from norm and decided not to name their playing eleven for the first time in this series.

"These players were in oblivion few years ago and today they are bowling with Indian team, this is real essence of our player development program", Rana said.

However, ever since the start of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the numbers have favoured India.

Pakistani pacers Salman Irshad and Haris Rauf with Indian captain Virat Kohli in Sydney.




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