Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction- Australia v India 4th Test

Ashwin, who bagged six wickets in the opening Test at the Adelaide Oval suffered a side strain and was ruled out of the second Test.

India are engaging in mind games on the eve of the fourth Test, publicly drawing a line through Ravi Ashwin's name then including the injured star in a 13-man squad. But Kohli's team has already reached a position where it can not lose the series and will go all out to close the Sydney match on a winning note to justify its position as the top-ranked Test team.

India's unwavering pursuit of history hit a minor glitch in 11th hour injury concerns but Virat Kohli's men will still walk in as overwhelming favourites against a faltering Australia in the fourth and final Test starting on Thursday.

Rahul, who was dumped after struggling in the first two Tests, is set to claim Rohit Sharma's place in the team.

"The physio and trainer have spoken to him about what he has to do".

"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 (over) what needs to be done to get back to full fitness. You can't really predict an injury when it happens, you can just manage it", he added.

"If that's the way we go, Usman will go out and give his all as he always does", said Australia skipper Tim Paine. With Shami being named in the thirteen, most would assume that he would join Jasprit Bumrah and Jadeja in the bowling line-up, leaving a late call to be taken on whether Ashwin would be fit to play, and in the event that he was not, either Kuldeep or Umesh would make the cut, based on the pitch. "I think the way he's handled the last month or so has been exemplary, it's a real credit to him". The players from both teams came together after several incidents of sledging on-field during the course of the Test match. ICC Pokes Fun at Tim Paine's Babysitting Comment as Rishabh Pant Poses with Aussie Captain's Wife & Babies.

"But we know they've got some other spinners in their squad, Kuldeep is younger but got some serious talent and (Ravindra) Jadeja did the job for them in Melbourne". "There's ongoing discussion the last day or two but we'll have a final look at the wicket and we'll have our last chat then".

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.

  • Steve Townsend