Captain Tim Paine said a final inspection of the SCG pitch will decide Australia's plans for the fourth Test as the hosts look to deny India a series victory.
Leading 2-1 in the four-match series, India remain firm favourites to make it 3-1 at the Sydney Cricket Ground despite the injury-forced omission of premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and senior pacer Ishant Sharma, who has not been named in the 13-member list. "He is very important for sure".
"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".
Josh Hazlewood struck with his third delivery but India otherwise defied Australia's pacemen early on day one of the fourth Test, reaching 1-69 at lunch. With India winning their first Boxing Day Test, Kohli equalled predecessor Sourav Ganguly to win the most number of Tests overseas and also became only the second Indian captain after Bishan Singh Bedi to win two Tests Down Under. Ishant Sharma, who was excellent in the previous Test, was excluded though there was no clarity on why that was.
With the pace trio of Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav, the two spinners will in all likelihood bamboozle the Australian batsmen.
India will be missing middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, who has returned home after the birth of his daughter.
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The pair posed together for a selfie after the match. "It was definitely a relief", Williams said of the result. There are two groups of four and nations play two singles and a mixed doubles match.
Not so fair enough in another way, in that he averages 28 with the bat in the Shield this season, which isn't exactly your first criterion for your Test first drop. Hardik Pandya can get a look in in Rohit's place.
"Every team that comes here wants to win, obviously".
"If that's the way we go, Usman will go out and give his all as he always does", said Australia skipper Tim Paine. Kohli has matched that record in 24 away Tests.
It's worth remembering that it was not so long ago that Jadeja was included in the thirteen for the Perth Test, but did not feature in the playing eleven in a game where Nathan Lyon was Man of the Match as Australia won. It's likely there'll be a reshuffle of the faltering top order, with Usman Khawaja tipped to move up to open the innings, and Marnus Labuschagne a contender for a call up as a backup spinning option on a wicket expected to favor spin as it deteriorates.
Marnus Labuschagne was added to the Australian squad after the defeat in Melbourne.
Match starts 5 am (IST).