Can Aussies level series in fourth Test at the SCG?

Can Aussies level series in fourth Test at the SCG?

Can Aussies level series in fourth Test at the SCG?

Less than two hours later the same spokesperson issued an update, saying that Ashwin was included in the 13-man squad from which the playing eleven would be picked.

With the Sydney track expected to assist the spinners, the absence of Ashwin from the squad can be a big impediment for India to go ahead and clinch the series. With Ishant Sharma's name missing from the shortlist, Kohli will have to alter his bowling combination as well.

Ishant is experiencing some left rib cage discomfort and the team management did not want to risk him during the fourth Test match in Sydney. "He is now being assessed", read the statement from BCCI. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav was named as his replacement. Mitchell Starc, taken off the attack after three average overs up-front, was the one who tested Agarwal's back foot play the most. Mohammad Azharuddin made sure the trophy remained with the hosts when Australia came touring for a three-Test series in 1997-98.

The day started with Ashwin being ruled out of contention during Kohli's press conference. When Kohli addressed the media, it seemed to be written in black and white that Ashwin would not feature.

Dwelling on his obsession to win overseas, Kohli said, "The reason I said it has to be an obsession to win away from home is because you can not afford to be negative even for a single minute, a single day on tour".

"The physio and trainer have spoken to him about what he has to do". He is a vital part of this Test team and we want him to be 100% fit and for a longer period.

"We think it will spin here so if India were to play two spinners, I think Pete can be a really important player for us", he said.

"The Ashwin factor, it does make you alter your plans a little bit". Cheteshwar Pujara has been pivotal for India as he has been part of six fifty-plus stands for India out of 11 which makes him more unsafe at Sydney as he is also a good player of spin. "But Vihari was bowling handsome whenever he got the ball", Kohli said.

"Whilst there is going to be times that Mitch is going to go out and have to score runs at No 6 from 4-60, you'd hope he isn't going in then as often as he is at the moment under that sort of scrutiny", Paine said. Sydney, though, has not been a happy ground for India as they have lost five of the 11 Tests played here and managed to win just one way back in 1978.

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