India vs Australia: Ashwin fails fitness test, to miss fourth test

Marnus Labuschagne is back in the Aussie squad

Marnus Labuschagne is back in the Aussie squad

One generally expects the team leading 2-1 in the series to be brimming with confidence, but India have had plenty of chaos in the build-up to the fourth and final Test of the series. Not only at home but they also travel really well. The end of the year could not have gone better for the Indian team and the fans as well. "Test cricket is about toughness and character and he'll be better for this period", he added. Finch has been struggling to find his form in the ongoing series and has had his issues against the new ball.

He could make way for fit-again seam-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya should selectors opt for two spinners. Last year, he scored 11 global hundreds and he will be eager to repeat his form this year. And when I'm not doing it I'm usually off with the fairies trying to recover. That would be a defensive move.

"Credit has to go to the bowlers".

However, former Aussie opener Simon Katich said Labuschagne, who took seven scalps in the UAE against Pakistan past year, could play a pivotal role late in the game alongside in-form spinner Nathan Lyon.

The Australians have other excuses, too.

Tim Paine's side suffered a huge reality check at the Melbourne Cricket Ground where they were outplayed with bat and ball before slumping to a 137-run loss on Sunday.

The 25-year-old paceman produced career-best performances with ball and bat in last week's third Test against India, claiming match figures of 9/99 and compiling a technically sound 63 in the second innings. "2-1 is a pretty fair reflection of how we've played the series so far, you can see why they're the No. 1 Test side in the world". "He's been on record a few times saying he's not too fussed where he bats". "You can't really predict an injury when it happens, you can just manage it".

Usman Khawaja would open the batting for Australia in that case, as he has done in the past. His experience is shown both in his steady batting and safe keeping. While Umesh Yadav replaces Ishant Sharma, the question mark over availability of Ravichandran Ashwin remains.

Even a draw would ensure that the series is won but Kohli has said that his team would be going for glory.

The Indian pacers have been on song and were top notch in Melbourne. But the segregation was opposed by many states in a democratic set-up.

"Most of our batters knocking on the door are averaging in the 30s (in the Sheffield Shield)". The people are now talking about the virtues of India's domestic cricket.

Australia's backs are against the walls in the ongoing Test series against India.

Bumrah could adjust to conditions in South Africa, England and in Australia to return as the highest wicket-taker in 2018 with 48 wickets from 22 Tests. Fans can also stream the match on the Sony Liv app as well.

"I think Pat Cummins stands for everything we love about a captain", Warne said on Fox Cricket.

The debate on pitches and bowling will continue.

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