Australia and India are all set to battle it out in the fourth and final Test. After the recent matches it has become more interesting. The race for the WTC final as well as the series is on the line. With the series level at 1-1, both teams will be desperate to win the fourth Test. We’re all set to witness another engrossing contest between bat and ball.
Australia vs India, 4th Test
15th January 2021, at 5:30 AM IST
The Gabba, Brisbane.
What To Expect:
The pacers are bound to enjoy the conditions at the Gabba, as swing and bounce will be in abundance. The batsmen will have to bide their time in the middle and get their eye in before playing their shots.The spinners could get some turn as well as the match progresses; the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin (if he plays) and Nathan Lyon might enjoy the extra bounce available off the surface.With the pitch expected to deteriorate as the match progresses, both teams would want to bat first and make good use of the conditions first up in what should be a competitive clash at the Gabba.
Australia will be playing without Will Pucovski, who injured himself in the previous Test. Marcus Harris will open the batting alongside David Warner while the pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood would like to put the SCG disappointment behind them and start afresh at the Gabba.
Australia Predicted Playing XI:
Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matt Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (C&WK), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood.
India have been plagued by an unending spate of injuries and may struggle to put up a competitive XI for the fourth Test. Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah and Hanuma Vihari have been ruled out of this Test. However, Ajinkya Rahane and co have played well in this series and would like to end on a high. There are a few concerns in the bowling department too, as Mohammad Siraj and Navdeep Saini, both of whom made their Test debuts earlier in the tour, will have to play a bigger role in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah. Nevertheless, the visitors could spring another surprise result at the Gabba.
India Predicted Playing XI:
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Rishabh Pant (WK), Wriddhiman Saha/Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini and Washington Sundar.