Captain Tim Paine said a final inspection of the SCG pitch will decide Australia's plans for the fourth Test as the hosts look to deny India a series victory.
India are now 2-1 up in the four-match series and even a draw in the final game in Sydney starting Thursday will see them creating history by winning their maiden Test series Down Under. "He is very important for sure". Why is Ashwin in the squad if he is still unfit?
Sony Six and Sony Ten 3 will televise Australia v India series in English and Hindi commentary respectively across India. India may consider resting Ishant Sharma as he did not seem to have the sting at Melbourne.
India will be missing middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, who has returned home after the birth of his daughter.
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. Hardik Pandya can get a look in in Rohit's place.
India squad: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.
While Australia must win to level the series, Paine said that his aim was on improvement, particularly in the batting department, with home Tests to come against Sri Lanka ahead of an Ashes tour to England this year.More news: Xi: Nobody can change fact Taiwan is part of China
"We know how good a cricketer he is, he's really skilled in all facets of the game", Paine said.
While they need at least a draw in Sydney to win the series outright, India will retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy irrespective of the result.
"Every team that comes here wants to win, obviously". Kohli has matched that record in 24 away Tests.
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Australia, on the other hand, have added spinner Marnus Labuschagne to the squad.
The main difference between both the sides in the series so far is number of fifty-plus stands. Judging by Kohli's words in the press conference, part time spinner Hanuma Vihari in all probability will pair up alongside Jadeja in the final XI while chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav might just have to end the test series without even a single appearance.
They are contemplating changes to the batting line-up however as Aaron Finch could be sacrificed or drop down the order and Mitch Marsh could also make way with Peter Handscombe and Marnus Labuschagne candidates to come into the side with the latter's spin being an attractive option to Paine.
Match starts 5 am (IST).