India's situation have gone from bad to worse as Jasprit Bumrah is ruled out of the 4th test against Australia at The GABBA. India are now without all of their first choice pacers and are left with 6th and 7th choice seamers.
Australia on the other hand played their best possible XI in Sydney and still couldn’t end up on the winning side. They might consider giving rest to David Warner who was clearly not comfortable running between the wickets and while fielding as well.
India don’t have many options left to choose from for the 4th test. The fact that, their 2 lead spinners are ruled out, they are forced to draft Washington Sundar who is is largely known for his defensive bowling skills in white ball cricket into the squad in place of Ravichandran Ashwin.
Shardul Thakur might get a look in unless India want to gamble with T Natarajan in place of Jasprit Bumrah. Indian fast bowling attack will be led by 2 tests old Mohammad Siraj and spin attack will be led by Kuldeep Yadav who is not in the best of form. It is also known that Mayank Agarwal got injured in nets who was all set to replace Hanuma Vihari for the 4th game.
It will be an uphill task for Indians to stretch the game past 3 days against Australia in their fortress, let alone winning the game.
India playing 11
Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha/Prithvi Shaw, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur.
Australia might consider resting David Warner for this game and play Matthew Wade as an opener for one more time in this series. The southpaw in Matthew Wade opened the innings for Australia in the first 2 tests in the absence of David Warner and performed well.
The young sensation in Will Pucovski suffered an injury in the 5th day of the 3rd test and in all likelihood, he might be ruled out as well.
Australia playing 11
Matthew Wade, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood