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Virat Kohli & Co eye series win

Virat Kohli & Co eye series win

The rule of thumb from Kohli's era as captain suggests the answer would be no: in 13 Tests outside Asia (excluding West Indies) under Kohli, India have gone in with two spinners only once - at Lord's in 2018.

Salman also went to Australia with Qalandars development squad where he impressed local cricket clubs with his performance, who offered him contract to play for them.

"Well, it's unfortunate that Ashwin has had two niggles quite similar in the last couple of away tours (England and now Australia)".

Ishant is out after experiencing discomfort in his left rib cage and the team management didn't want to risk him by playing him in the decider. "He is very important for sure".

The off spinner suffered a side strain in the first test match at Adelaide and has not been a part of the Indian team for the last two test matches at Perth and Melbourne.

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With the pace trio of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav, the two spinners will in all likelihood bamboozle the Australian batsmen.

In a unusual u-turn, after he was ruled out at the time of Kohli's pre-match press conference, Ashwin was named in the 13-man shortlist for this fourth Test. Cheteshwar Pujara's average is the highest among all and he was the only batsman to score 50-plus runs in each of India's four away Test wins past 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. "We know we're not going to win Test matches without scoring hundreds", he 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. To say the least, Australia has managed a high score of 326 so far and have been all-out in all six innings they have batted.

Now then. It's been all but confirmed that Marnus Labuschagne will bat at No3. If Finch is left out, Usman Khawaja will open with Marcus Harris, and Labuschagne slotting in the middle-order. 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.

Finch, the nation's limited-overs skipper, and test vice-captain Mitchell Marsh are expected to make way with Peter Handscomb on the verge of a recall after only one match in the wilderness.