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Australia vs India - 4th Test Match Preview & Prediction

Australia vs India - 4th Test Match Preview & Prediction

Mayank Agarwal came in for the last test and was superb opening the innings so he will continue but he could be partnered by KL Rahul who may return to the line-up with Hanuma Vihari dropping back down to number six and Rohit Sharma potentially making way.

The hosts have one eye on levelling the series in Sydney and the other on the main prize in 2019 - retaining the Ashes - and their selections for the Sydney test, beginning on Thursday, will reflect this.

As per a report by Cricket Australia, Ashwin, who was not fit enough to take part in the Boxing Day Test match, took part in a solo session in the indoor centre facilities under the supervision of team physiotherapist Patrick Farhart and another support staff member.

Despite the absence of two of their most prolific run-scorers - Steve Smith and David Warner, the duo that had scored almost 40% of the team's total during India's visit to Australia in 2014 - credit must be given to Kohli's men if they go on to win the ongoing series, considering the history attached to the encounters between the two teams.

First-team regular Sharma was not included, however, with the reasons for his omission unclear - fellow fast bowler Umesh Yadav was named as his replacement.

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Welcome to the coverage of the fourth Test encounter between India and Australia. In Test cricket, he is a vital part of this team, and we want him to be 100% fit and for a longer period so that he can contribute to us more in the Test format. "Honestly, you can't predict an injury, when it happens you just manage and doing what he can to get over that injury".

"If that's the way we go, Usman will go out and give his all as he always does", said Australia skipper Tim Paine. The players from both teams came together after several incidents of sledging on-field during the course of the Test match. ICC Pokes Fun at Tim Paine's Babysitting Comment as Rishabh Pant Poses with Aussie Captain's Wife & Babies.

"It's just team balance really". "There's ongoing discussion the last day or two but we'll have a final look at the wicket and we'll have our last chat then. We are looking at him as a solid bowling option now, especially in this Test match", Kohli went on to say. It's got nothing to do with proving we have done something which hasn't been done in the past.

"This Test is going to be a real focus for our batting group".

Before then watch every ball of England's Test and ODI series against Windies, starting with the first Test on Wednesday, January 23.


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