Australia vs India 2018/19: India Announce 13-man Squad For Sydney Test

Australia vs India 2018/19: India Announce 13-man Squad For Sydney Test

Australia vs India 2018/19: India Announce 13-man Squad For Sydney Test

The right-handed batsman, who scored 63 in the first innings of the Melbourne Test, has flown to India to attend the birth of his child.

It cruelled India's chances and England took an unassailable 3-1 lead into the last Test. "The last Test he got zero, he had no intention to get zero but good players also make zero but hard work should be seen on the field and that's what matters", he added.

Fast bowler Pat Cummins has rubbished suggestion of elevation to Australia's Test captaincy.

Previous year when India had a rare shot at beating England in the United Kingdom, as they do of creating history in Sydney this week, Ashwin played the pivotal fourth Test in Southampton at 80 per cent fitness and broke down midway through the match.

"I mean, it's impossible to keep going without niggles and I think it's fine to have a few niggles here and there".

Talk about Bumrah's transformation from a white-ball bowler to a match-winner in red-ball cricket, Kohli said:"I think the fact that he was showing incredible levels of energy and fitness in white-ball cricket and hence he was so good because he was not giving runs with the new ball".

"I am pretty happy at number eight", Cummins said.

"All I'd say is all the years we've gone to India, we haven't had too many bouncy wickets, it usually spins square", Langer said.

Beyond this series, Cummins, Starc and Hazlewood appear likely to be afforded a bigger break than they received after the Ashes, when they were pressed back into service for the subsequent ODI series against England where none looked to be near their best.

During this series only, Ravindra Jadeja was first named in the initial squad for the second Test at Perth and wasn't played despite Ashwin's injury.

India are now leading the four-match series 2-1 and will be aiming to seal the deal while taking on Australia in their final Test which is slated to be held from January 3 to 7 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"I found it quite hard. He, more than anyone else, will be focused to correct this", the skipper said on the eve of the final Test. The visitors just need a draw to win the series. Even in this game they had to put in more effort because of the nature of the pitch.

Talking about potential changes for the Sydney Test, Hodge said Finch has to continue to open. Not only at home but they also travel really well.

But how the Australian public responds remains to be seen after they were widely slammed for tarnishing the country's image with their antics in South Africa last March. "Everyone's desperate, everyone knows what the record is and can't wait to try to rectify what's happened so far".

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