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02 Jan 2019 by Rob Esteva

Australia vs India – 4th Test Match Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

When is Australia vs India taking place? Wednesday, 2nd January, 23:30

Where Australia vs India taking place? Sydney

What is the expected weather for Australia vs India? Temperatures around 25-27c in the first couple of days but reaching as high as 34-35 by days three and four with possible showers on Saturday

What channel is Australia vs India on? The match will be shown live on BT Sport 2

Where can I stream Australia vs India? Australia vs India will be streamed live on the BT Sport app

Are tickets still available for Australia vs India? https://resale.ticketmaster.com.au/Sydney-Cricket-Ground-Tickets/Venue/4340

LAST MEETING
India beat Australia by 137 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

AUSTRALIA

Captain: Tim Paine

  • Australia slipped to defeat in the third test to go 2-1 down in the series and while the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is secured for India, Australia will be motivated not to lose the series and they will aim to win this final test and draw the series.
  • Tim Paine has been somewhat critical of the pitch at Sydney Cricket Ground, claiming it does not suit their bowlers as much as it should which suggests it will not play particularly fast, but they remain reliant on their pacemen once again and there is no chance of any changes to his bowling unit unless there are any injury concerns that have not been disclosed.
  • They are contemplating changes to the batting line-up however as Aaron Finch could be sacrificed or drop down the order and Mitch Marsh could also make way with Peter Handscombe and Marnus Labuschagne candidates to come into the side with the latter’s spin being an attractive option to Paine.

INDIA

Captain: Virat Kohli

  • India’s win in the third test was a huge victory for them and they had both the toss and Virat Kohli’s superb captaincy to thank for another vital win, and they will not ease off the gas now as they look to seal the series in style with another win in Sydney.
  • Mayank Agarwal came in for the last test and was superb opening the innings so he will continue but he could be partnered by KL Rahul who may return to the line-up with Hanuma Vihari dropping back down to number six and Rohit Sharma potentially making way.
  • Ravi Ashwin has been given a chance to prove his fitness on the morning of the match but they may be reluctant to select him so Ravindra Jadeja could get the nod once again while Ishant Sharma is ruled out with injury so Umesh Yadav is believed to be the likely replacement for him.

THE PREDICTION

The toss has been absolutely fundamental in the first three test matches and it will likely be the same here with the preference to bat first in hot temperatures. Both teams will want to avoid spending a long time in the field early in the match and batting fourth so the toss remains key once again. Both bowling units have been in excellent form but it is the Indian batting line-up that has had the edge over their Australian counterparts and will likely do so again here. Australia desperately need to bat first here otherwise they risk facing another long test match.

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