India tour of Australia, 2018 | India vs Australia, 4th Test | IND vs AUS Who Will Win
So, we are down to the final Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with Virat Kohli’s men at the brink of achieving what no other Indian team has since their first visit to Australia in 1947- Win a Test series Down Under.
India has named a 13-member squad for final Test at the SCG. While R Ashwin was dropped from the 13-man contingent following his inability to return to full fitness. However, after few hours the management decided to add the off-spinners name into the squad and will now take a call on his availability before the toss.
Besides Ashwin, India also added Kuldeep Yadav, KL Rahul, and Umesh Yadav, who replaces Ishant Sharma after the latter is reportedly feeling discomfort in his lower rib-cage.
Australia, on the other hand, is set to wield the axe on opener Aaron Finch for Queensland batsman Marnus Labuschagne and Mitch Marsh in favor of Peter Handscomb to counter India’s spinners on a pitch that is expected to turn at the SCG.
Venue:- Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Match Timing:- Friday, January 03-07, 2018, 05:30 AM IST
Played- 11 Won by India- 1 Won by Australia- 5 Draw- 5
Here’s how both teams’ might line-up for the 4th Test:-
Batsmen – Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara
Wicket-keeper – Rishabh Pant
All-rounders – Hanuma Vihari, Ravindra Jadeja/Ravichandran Ashwin
Bowlers – Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav/Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami
Batsmen – Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb
Wicket-keeper – Tim Paine
All-rounders – Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne
Bowlers – Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon
Make seamers as your captain/vice-captain
The curator at the SCG reckoned that the pitch will aid the fast bowlers and the records back it up. Since the 2010s, the seamers average 33.18/per wicket as compared to 51.63/per wicket by the spinners. Thus opting for the likes of Cummins and Bumrah could reap you great rewards in your Grand League side.
Pick batters who are comfortable against spin as captain/vice-captain
But, all said and done, the pitch at the SCG is bound to give help to the spinners as the game wore on, which will bring batsmen who are technically adept at handling spin into the limelight. While Cheteshwar Pujara and Mayank Agarwal will be the go-to batsmen for India, Australia is mulling to rope in Peter Handscomb to combat India’s spinners.
Pick more spinners
The track at the SCG traditionally aids spin bowling. Thus, making the likes of Lyon or Jadeja as the captain of your Grand League side could be a prudent bet. Jadeja could be a masterstroke as left-arm spinners average just 28.00 as compared to the right-arm spinners average of 59.66 since 2010.
Team 04 & 05
Predict the Winner
Australia Wins:- If you go by history, Australia have lost just one Test to India at the SCG which was way back in 1978-79, and with the amount of pressure Tim Paine’s side find themselves in, it might just bring out the best in them.
Fantasy Tip- Pick more players from Australia
India Wins:- India has clearly looked the better side of the two for the major part of the series with their batters scoring hundreds and the fast bowlers outbowling their Aussie counterparts with the older ball.
Fantasy Tip- Pick more players from India
Disclaimer:- This IND vs AUS Grand League team is of high risk but can reap you great rewards if the said assumptions come true