Kohli faces Qalandars duo in nets ahead of Australia Test

Marnus Labuschagne is set to be handed the first drop spot in the Australian batting order for the fourth test beginning on Thursday

GETTY IMAGESMarnus Labuschagne is set to be handed the first drop spot in the Australian batting order for the fourth test beginning on Thursday

India and Australia resume their Test battle at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney on Thursday with the Virat Kohli-led side have already secured the Border-Gavaskar trophy by virtue of having taken an assailable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.

The counter to that argument would be the preference to go "horses-for-courses" under the Kohli-Ravi Shastri regime; Kohli did go 38 Tests without naming an unchanged XI before the Southampton Test during the tour to England.

Ashwin has been named in the 13-man shortlist for the Test and a decision on him will be taken on the morning of the Test on December 3.

In a surprise, first-team regular Sharma was not included with the reasons unknown. Fast bowler Ishant Sharma and offie R Ashwin are injured and Rohit Sharma is away after his wife gave birth to their daughter.

Irrespective of the result of the toss, India will rely on their premier batsmen Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, as they are the only batsmen with an average of 25-plus in India's away Test wins in 2018 among players who were part of at least three Test wins.

"The physio and the trainer have spoken to him in terms of what's required (from him) in order to get over that injury".

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"He is very important for sure".

Australia must also decide whether to axe all-rounder Mitch Marsh after a forgettable MCG Test. Leg-spinning all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne was called into the squad for Sydney, while Peter Handscomb could also be recalled after missing the Melbourne Test due to poor form. 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. Honestly, you can't really predict an injury, you can only manage it.

Virat Kohli's men have a chance to create history in Sydney.

Ind vs Aus, India vs Australia 4th Test Live Cricket Score Streaming Online: The stage is set for an epic conclusion to the Test series between India and Australia. The reason why we want to win this Test is we understand as cricketers how hard it is to come here and play.

KL Rahul, who was axed for the last Melbourne Test, is back in contention and could open the innings with Mayank Agarwal, with Hanuma Vihari dropping back down to No 6 as cover for Rohit.

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. It's not only the team you're playing against, it's the whole nation - they get behind their team so well.

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