Australia Dig In After Depleted India Enjoy Bright Start

Australia Dig In After Depleted India Enjoy Bright Start

Jasprit Bumrah played with an abdominal strain and didn't want to come out even though the experience was painful and Ravindra Jadeja with a broken thumb was ready to do what Malcolm Marshall did with a fractured wrist three decades back.

With series firmly locked at 1-1, India and Australia will lock horns in the fourth and final Test of the series on January 15.

India has encountered multiple injuries during the Australia tour and will enter the fourth Test without the services of their key players including skipper Virat Kohli, Hanuma Vihari, KL Rahul, and pacers Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Japrit Bumrah.

Australia, on the other hand, have already announced their playing XI in which they have replaced injured Will Pucovski with Marcus Harris.

Fellow Sydney hero Ravichandran Ashwin, who spent more than three hours at the crease with Vihari in an unbroken sixth-wicket stand to save the game, has a back issue.

Not having been part of the original Test squad, Harris was added for the opening two games following the injuries to Pucovski (concussion) and Warner (groin) which ruled them out of the opening two matches in Adelaide and Melbourne.

Australia will go into the series-deciding clash without Pucovski, who dislocated his shoulder while fielding in Sydney, where he made an impressive first innings' 62 on debut. However, Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour said that one doesn't need "housekeeping services" to keep the motivation going before an important Test match.

It was speculated that India wanted to avoid playing fourth Test in Brisbane, though neither the BCCI nor CA had said anything on the matter.

"Basically, the mental toughness comes from preparation. They all are good players", said Rathour while speaking on Thursday morning.

The visitors only need to avoid defeat in Brisbane after their heroics in Sydney, when they batted out the final day against Australia's much-vaunted bowling attack. "I haven't seen a Gabba wicket with a crack down the middle of it, forever, on day one, to be honest", Paine said. "All the boys are looking forward to this game".

"As far as I am concerned, we have the ability, with or without injuries, the eleven that will play would be the best eleven that India could put on the ground, all of them deserve to be there, if they play to their potential, I cannot see any reason, why we cannot do well", he added.

"Clearly, it's a very good toss to win".

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