Brisbane: The third and final Test of the series between India and Australia (IND vs AUS) is to be played at the Gaba ground in Brisbane. Will toss after a while. It is expected that the captain who won the toss will like to bat first, as it has been so far in this series.
On the verge of defeat in Sydney, the challenge will be tough on the pitch of Gaba in front of the Indian team, which has disappointed Australia with the match, because its top players are not present to play the decisive Test due to injuries. Australia needs a win to win the Border-Gavaskar Trophy but the draw will be enough for Team India.
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Ravichandran Ashwin, Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant, who displayed tremendous patience and combativeness despite the pain in Sydney, won the hearts of millions of cricket lovers. Jasprit Bumrah played despite a hamstring strain and despite having a broken thumb, Ravindra Jadeja was ready to play the same way Malcolm Marshall played with a broken wrist three decades ago.
He responded to every attack. Whether it is from the Australian bowlers or from the spectators sitting in the stands making racial remarks or from a player who is abusing the back of the stumps.
The new Indian team is ready to face every kind of adverse situation and that is why regular captain Virat Kohli is proud of this. Now this team has to play in the first Test of the new decade on a ground where Australia has not lost since 1988. There is no Jadeja in the team and the wicket is very difficult. At the same time, Mayank Agarwal was injured during net practice and Ashwin is struggling with back pain.
Australian captain Tim Paine, on the other hand, will be happy that the decisive Test is being played on Gaba. Also in the Australian team, Will Pukowski is out due to injury, replaced by Marcus Harris. Penn said, ‘We like to play here because this wicket is fantastic. I know what this wicket will be like.
He has indirectly warned the Indian team but Indian batting trinity Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara and Rohit Sharma will be ready to face this challenge. Sydney’s troubleshooter Vihari is not in the squad but he has set an example and Pant will be expected to repeat the same performance.
The Indian camp can land with 4 bowlers instead of 5. He will be at number three if Aggarwal is fit, while Rohit and Shubman Gill will start the innings. After that Pujara and Rahane will come. Ravindra Jadeja cannot be replaced by Prithvi Shaw or Wriddhiman Saha but the name of all-rounder Washington Sundar is being considered.
Bowling is a matter of concern as Navdeep Saini and Mohammad Siraj have less Test experience. Shardul Thakur bowled 10 balls in his first Test 2 years ago. Rathore did not clear the picture about Bumrah, but has put Australia in mind, but everyone knows that it is not in a position to play fast bowler. Rahane’s Ranbankure is on the threshold of creating history and in spite of all the oddities, he is not among those who can easily kneel. The hosts realize this feeling well.
India’s probable playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, Washington Sundar.
Australia’s Playing XI: Tim Paine (captain and wicketkeeper), David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschen, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.