Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Veteran Indian star ruled out of 4th test at Sydney

Veteran Indian star ruled out of 4th test at Sydney

Though Indian captain Virat Kohli is not his team's highest scorer in the ongoing Test series in Australia like the previous overseas tours of South Africa and England, yet his fan following in those parts of the world is constantly growing.

Salman also went to Australia with Qalandars development squad where he impressed local cricket clubs with his performance, who offered him contract to play for them. Only later did the management release a statement that Ishant had, in fact, sustained an injury and the team was not willing to risk him for the final Test. "Ishant is experiencing some left rib cage discomfort and the team management did not want to risk him during this Test match". "He is very important for sure".

Preview: When a team is leading 2-1 in a country where they have never won a series in almost seven decades of trying, you would expect it to be a well-oiled, finely-tuned machine. Fast bowler Umesh Yadav was named as his replacement. India outclassed Australia in all departments in the third Test in Melbourne and won the match by 137 runs after the hosts tied the series 1-1 in Perth. In Test cricket, he's a vital part of this team and we wanted him to be 100 percent fit for a longer period to that he can come back to us in the Test format.

Maligned for much of his 83-Test career, Lyon is now among the first players picked in Australia's squad having taken 335 wickets at a career average of just under 32.

Additionally, this 13-man shortlist can also be seen as a ploy to keep Australia guessing, for the hosts made a departure from norm and decided not to name their playing eleven for the first time in this series. "We want to be able to take that legacy forward and play the kind of cricket we have played in this series, which has been exciting for people to watch as well as for both teams competing", Kohli added.

While they need at least a draw in Sydney to win the series outright, India will retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy irrespective of the result.

The other toss-up is between opener Aaron Finch and leg-spin all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne.

And, being in Australia helped him reach his dream of bowling against top batsmen from India.

Finch, the nation's limited-overs skipper, and test vice-captain Mitchell Marsh are expected to make way with Peter Handscomb on the verge of a recall after only one match in the wilderness.

India squad: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav.

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