Veteran Indian star ruled out of 4th test at Sydney

Veteran Indian star ruled out of 4th test at Sydney

Veteran Indian star ruled out of 4th test at Sydney

Bumrah, the red-hot pacer at the moment with nine wickets under his belt in the third Test at Melbourne, has shown that the current crop of Australian batsmen lacks the technique to face the moving ball.

Ishant is experiencing some left rib cage discomfort and the team management did not want to risk him during the fourth Test match in Sydney.

This was not about making history, he said, more about proving that a team already ranked number one in the world in tests could do the business on the rock hard wickets of Australia as well as the slow, brown pitches of home. "He is very important for sure". Traditionally, the New Year's Test is always played at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground, and it is no different this year. He is very disappointed with the fact that he has not been able to recover in time, but the things have been laid out to him (as to) what needs to be done to get back to full fitness. The BCCI said a decision on Ashwin's availability would be made on the morning of the match.

"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.

Middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, who hit a gritty 63 in the first innings at Melbourne, is not available after jetting back to Mumbai to be with his wife who recently gave birth.

TOSS: India have won the toss and have opted to bat first.

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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. That means the best an unsettled Australia lineup can do is draw the four-match contest by winning in Sydney. Kohli will join Ganguly as the only Indian captain to have achieved this feat in Australia. 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. Kohli has matched that record in 24 away Tests.

Steve Waugh's teenage son could feature for Australia in the fourth Test at the SCG.

Australia, on the other hand, have added spinner Marnus Labuschagne to the squad.

Batting all-rounder Labuschagne will come in at No.3, the position he occupies for Queensland, while Usman Khawaja has been promoted to open. While the sentiment was same, the reason was different for both sides.

Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

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