India's Ashwin back in Test frame, paceman Sharma left out

India's Ashwin back in Test frame, paceman Sharma left out

India were playing mind games with their own selection, having ruled out Ravi Ashwin then including him in a 13-man squad an hour later after Australia captain Tim Paine could not contain his glee at the master spinner's exclusion.

After three years of determination and hard work, India are the top-ranked side in the world and on the cusp of winning their first Test series on Australian soil. With India winning their first Boxing Day Test, Kohli equalled predecessor Sourav Ganguly to win the most number of Tests overseas and also became only the second Indian captain after Bishan Singh Bedi to win two Tests Down Under.

Answers to these and more as Cricket Analyst, Mr Ashutosh Paibhale discusses the Sydney Test in detail.

Ishant is experiencing some left rib cage discomfort and the team management did not want to risk him during the fourth Test match in Sydney. So to take that challenge on, we want to win here.

Fox Sports and Channel Seven will telecast the fourth Test of the series across Australia. "It's something he will focus on to correct". The physio and the trainer have spoken to him in terms of what's required in order to get over that injury.

"He's very important for sure".

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The last time a touring party turned up at the Sydney Cricket Ground with a test series still up for grabs was in the 2010-2011 Ashes and, eight years on, there was a similar "fin de siecle" feeling about the place on Wednesday. "He is very disappointed that he's not able to recover in time", Kohli elaborated. "Honestly, you can't predict an injury, when it happens you just manage and doing what he can to get over that injury".

India have named two left-arm spinners - chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav and the orthodox Ravindra Jadeja in the final 13.

"The Ashwin factor, it does make you alter your plans a little bit".

"If that's the way we go, Usman will go out and give his all as he always does", said Australia skipper Tim Paine. Vihari has looked like picking up a wicket every time he comes on to bowl. There were also several pow-wows within the camp: before the net session began, Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane had a long chat with Sanjay Bangar, the assistant coach and following the session, Kohli was seen in discussion with the support staff.

Rohit Sharma has recently become a father. That may also mean Hanuma Vihari coming back in the middle order and somebody else, probably Cheteshwar Pujara to be slotted along with Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order.

Ashwin suffered an abdominal strain in the first Test in Adelaide that kept him out of the second and third Tests in Perth and Melbourne respectively.

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