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|Rohit Sharma||c: Starc b: Lyon||44||74||6||0||59.46|
|Shubman Gill||c: Smith b: Cummins||7||15||1||0||46.67|
|Cheteshwar Pujara||not out||8||49||0||0||16.33|
|Ajinkya Rahane||not out||2||19||0||0||10.53|
|Total||(26.0 Ov, RR: 2.38)||62/2|
|Fall of wickets: 2-60 (Rohit Sharma, 19.5), 1-11 (Shubman Gill, 6.2)|
|David Warner||c: Sharma b: Siraj||1||4||0||0||25.00|
|Marcus Harris||c: Sundar b: Thakur||5||23||0||0||21.74|
|Marnus Labuschagne||c: Pant b: Natarajan||108||204||9||0||52.94|
|Steven Smith||c: Sharma b: Sundar||36||77||5||0||46.75|
|Matthew Wade||c: Thakur b: Natarajan||45||87||6||0||51.72|
|Cameron Green||b: Sundar||47||107||6||0||43.93|
|Tim Paine||c: Sharma b: Thakur||50||104||6||0||48.08|
|Pat Cummins||lbw: Thakur||2||8||0||0||25.00|
|Mitchell Starc||not out||20||35||0||1||57.14|
|Nathan Lyon||b: Sundar||24||22||4||0||109.09|
|Josh Hazlewood||b: Natarajan||11||27||2||0||40.74|
|Total||(115.2 Ov, RR: 3.20)||369/10|
|Fall of wickets: 1-4 (David Warner, 0.6), 2-17 (Marcus Harris, 8.1), 5-213 (Marnus Labuschagne, 65.5), 3-87 (Steven Smith, 34.1), 4-200 (Matthew Wade, 63.4), 7-313 (Cameron Green, 100.5), 6-311 (Tim Paine, 99.2), 8-315 (Pat Cummins, 101.4), 9-354 (Nathan Lyon, 108.2), 10-369 (Josh Hazlewood, 115.2)|
India arrive at Brisbane with a depleted squad, bruised players and a series to salvage. All level at 1-1 after a marathon effort at the SCG, India have lost more personnel to injuries and are struggling to put up a XI.
Since the beginning of the tour, India have lost Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli (paternity leave). Added to that list are Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah after the SCG save and it’s become increasingly difficult for the tourists to put up their best XI, so much as putting up the available XI.
After the SGC draw, Australia will be disappointed and India will be encouragedCricket Betting
Australia, on the other hand, will be disappointed after the SCG draw. They dominated the Test match but were forced to go onto the back-foot first by Rishabh Pant and Cheteshwar Pujara on day five before their incessant attack – both with the ball and verbally – fell down against the dead bats of Ravichandran Ashwin and Vihari.
They have copped some criticism for their behaviour on the field in the last Test with the skipper, Tim Paine coming out to apologise for his behaviour during the Test.
Australia would be aiming for a series win against a seriously depleted Indian side and it really would be a shocker if they don’t complete it given how many players are missing from the opposition camp. India, on the other hand, have had a rollercoaster ride in the series.
They have gone from the lowest of lows – a 36 all out at Adelaide Oval – to the highest of highs – a win at the MCG with regular skipper Virat Kohli absent – before showing their fighting spirit in a remarkable draw. But, as Brisbane beckons, with few players fully fit and available, India will have to show more of their SCG mentality to salvage the series.
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Team news: Australia
Will Pucovski is in doubt for the Brisbane Test owing to a shoulder injury. Should he not be fit in time, Australia might go back to Matthew Wade to open the batting alongside David Warner with Travis Head coming back into the middle-order role at no.5. Even if Pucovski is deemed fit, Head coming in for Wade appears a realistic possibility.
Mitchell Starc hasn’t often played through a series and could possibly be benched for the final Test with James Pattinson taking his place.
Team news: India
With Jadeja, Vihari and Bumrah out of action and Mayank Agarwal also under the scanner after an injury sustained during a training session in Melbourne, India’s options are slim. Ravichandran Ashwin is also not a certain starter after his back issues flares up at the SCG. Washington Sundar, who has been around as a net bowler, is in line to make a debut if Ashwin isn’t fit.
Prithvi Shaw could return to occupy a top-order slot for Vihari with Rahane and the others moving one spot down. T Natarajan or Shardul Thakur could play for Bumrah. There is an evident lack of experience in the pace attack with Mohammed Siraj, on his maiden Test tour, likely to lead the attack in Brisbane, one of the quickest Aussie wickets.
Australia: David Warner, Matthew Wade, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc/James Pattinson, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Prithvi Shaw/Mayank Agarwal, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav/T Natarajan.
Players in form
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Marnus Labuschagne: Despite being handed one of the most difficult tasks against one of the best bowling attacks in the world, Labuschagne has come out with flying colours. The Australian middle-order batsman is the top run-scorer in the series with 293 runs at an average of 48.83. Labuschagne is expected to once again turn up for the Aussies at the Gabba.
Rishabh Pant: The Indian wicket-keeper’s reputation has skyrocketed through the roof after his brilliant onslaught on Nathan Lyon at the SCG in the last Test. At one point, Pant seemed set to help India past the target but on 97, he miscued a loft against the off-spinner to depart. Pant is an x-factor in the Indian batting line-up and in the absence of superstars, he will be required to turn up with another big show in Brisbane.
Mohammed Siraj: Handed a Test debut on the tour, Mohammed Siraj has been outstanding as the supporting act for Jasprit Bumrah with his pace and accuracy. At the Brisbane, however, all of two Tests old, Siraj would be tasked with leading the bowling attack. An enforcer upfront with tons of domestic cricket experience, Siraj will be required to step up big time for the Indians if they are to make a game out of the final Test match.
Cheteshwar Pujara: Despite the noise around him, Pujara has continued to churn up runs at will, even if it has come at a lethargic pace. The Indian no.3 batsman will be a vital player at the Gabba yet again, especially if India are needed to fight for another draw with a depleted squad.
Batting out balls will be a major task at the Gabba and in Pujara, India have the ideal resource to do so. He comes off half-centuries in either innings at the SCG and has been in good touch through the series. Can he get a big one in Brisbane?
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Prithvi Shaw: The Indian opener will not o ly be required to step back into the XI, but also play in an unfamiliar middle-order role while trying to resurrect his wretched form. The swashbuckling opener has copped massive criticism for his manner of dismissals, and was dropped after a poor showing in the first Test.
What will aid Shaw, though, is that the Gabba has pace and bounce and will suit his cross-batted shots.
Navdeep Saini: While he made a reasonably good debut, Saini seems to lack the trust of his captain with the pacer sending down very few overs in India’s bowling innings. Pace and bounce are factors that led Saini to the Indian side in the first place and at Brisbane, where both are available in abundance, Saini might have to play a bigger role, especially with Bumrah absent.
Nathan Lyon: Lyon will be playing his 100th Test match and aiming for his 400th Test wicket, but he has had a poor series in comparison to the Indian spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin. Lyon has taken six wickets at an average of 57.67 and has struggled to keep the leash on India’s fleet-footed top-order batsmen.
The onus is on Lyon to win them games on day five wickets and at SCG, he failed to create enough chances. Can he turn it around at the Gabba?
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