Australia and India are all set to battle it out in the third Test. After New Zealand’s series victory against Pakistan the race to the WTC final has become more intense and this match shall be really crucial for both the teams. With the series level at 1-1, both teams will be desperate to take the lead going into the fourth Test, and we’re likely to be in for another engrossing contest between bat and ball.
January 7- 11, 2021 (Thursday- Monday)
05:00 AM (IST), 11:30 PM (GMT) (previous day), 10:30 AM (Local)
Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney.
What To Expect:
The wicket at the SCG will be good for batting, with the ball expected to come on to the bat nicely. The spinners will certainly get some turn off the pitch, and the battle between Ashwin and Lyon will be one to watch. The seamers will get some movement off of the pitch, but it should reduce as the ball loses its shine.
David Warner is set to replace Joe Burns for Australia. Will Pucovski is also in line to make his debut. While Matthew Wade is the like-for-like replacement, his solid outing in the second Test could prompt Travis Head to be dropped, and Wade move down the order.
Australia Predicted Playing XI:
Will Pucovski, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Mathew Wade, Cameron Green/Travis Head, Tim Paine(C/WK), Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood
India have already announced their playing XI. Rohit Sharma is set to return to the team, Mayank Agarwal’s indifferent run of form should see him get dropped. Navdeep Saini is all set to replace the injured Umesh Yadav
India Predicted Playing XI:
Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Navdeep Saini