Everything about the fourth Test match between Australia and India
The Indian cricket team will be up against Australia for the fourth and final Test match at the SCG. Virat Kohli's side leads the four-match Test series 2-1. The pressure will be on the Australian cricket team to come out strong and level the series. India will be eyeing their maiden Test series win on Australian soil. Here is the match preview.
Team news and selection
India will be without Rohit Sharma in the fourth Test. The star cricketer and his wife Ritika Sajdeh welcomed a baby girl on Sunday and the former flew back to India. R Ashwin or Hardik Pandya could come into the side for Rohit. Meanwhile, Australia could drop the struggling Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh. Marnus Labuschagne is set to be drafted in.
India are the favorites to win Sydney Test
India thrashed Australia by 137 runs in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. Kohli's side go into the final match as the favorites. The Indian pacers have been on song and were top notch in Melbourne. They will be expected to continue their fine form. India's character and confidence could aid them in Sydney.
Aussies have struggled to find consistency
Australia have struggled to find rhythm in their game. Their batting has been poor and the Aussies have failed to hit the ground running. Tim Paine will be wanting to see his batsmen show fight in Sydney. The bowling unit needs to come out and deliver consistently. It is a challenging period for the hosts and they are in search of some miracle.
Key players to watch out for
For India, the likes of Cheteshwar Pujara and Kohli will be the main focus. Their application have made the real difference. The Indian pacers have been terrific and could dictate the show. For Australia, their senior batsmen need to find a way. Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh have to bat for longer periods. Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon are their best bets.
When and where to watch the match?
The fourth Test match is set to start at 5:00 AM IST on January 3. The match will be telecast live on the Sony Ten network. Fans can also stream the match on the Sony Liv app as well.