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Australia vs India 3rd Test Preview | Rohit in, Saini set to make his Test debut

Australia vs India 3rd Test Preview | Rohit in, Saini set to make his Test debut

Australia vs India 3rd Test: The men in blue made a solid comeback after getting clobbered in the opening Test. They won the 2nd Test by eight wickets and levelled the series 1-1. The teams now go up against each other at Sydney and a win there for India will not only help them take a 2-1 lead but also retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

India’s record at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Team India have played 12 Tests at the venue, they have lost five, drawn six and have registered just the solitary win. The last match between the two sides in India resulted in a draw. The men in blue amassed 622/7 – Cheteshwar Pujara batted forever, scored 193 and Rishabh Pant became the first Indian wicket-keeper batsman to score a hundred in Australia. The stroke-maker remained unbeaten on 159.

Match Details

Date: 7th-11th January
Ground: Sydney Cricket Ground
Start Time: 5:00 AM, IST

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Team Combinations and Playing XIs

Rohit Sharma will feature in the playing XI, Navdeep Saini is all set to make his Test debut. Mayank Agarwal, who played the first two Tests but hasn’t scored higher than 17, misses out.

INDIA’s XI

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini(debut)

David Warner and Will Pucovski will open the batting for Australia in the third Test. Joe Burns received the axe and it’ll be either Travis Head or Matthew Wade to feature in the playing XI

Probable XI for AUSTRALIA

David Warner, Will Pucovski, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head/Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (c & wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Shubman Gill looked comfortable in his debut Test. The right-hander was at ease from the very first delivery and also managed to take the attack to the Aussie bowlers at will. Gill scored 45 and 35* in the Boxing Day Test and at Sydney where the pitch in conducive to bat on, the aggressive opener can be the player to watch out for.

Ravichandran Ashwin has picked 10 wickets in the Test series so far. His figures so far in the series – 2/71, 3/35, 1/16 and 4/55. The off-spinner has looked in magical rhythm and has dismissed Steve Smith, who is touted to be the best Test batsman of this generation, thrice in four innings.

Pat Cummins is the world’s leading Test bowler and he’s been in spectacular form so far this summer. Immaculate length, over 140 kmph and moving the ball laterally. Cummins can manufacture plenty off of the wicket. His figures so far – 1/22, 2/80, 4/21 & 3/48. Pat Cummins is a genuine match-winner and he’ll be a player to keep a keen eye on.

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