India vs Australia 4th Test Day 1 Highlights – Jan 3, 2019
4th Test, India tour of Australia 2018-19, Watch AUS v IND Cricket highlights today – Fourth test day one from Sydney Cricket Ground (Australia) Thursday, 3rd January 2019. The 22 yards at the SCG have not had quite the focus of Perth or Melbourne, but there is still some talk. Tim Paine had a little pop at the groundsmen around Australia for not giving the team more favourable conditions, while Justin Langer hoped for some life in Sydney. The curator Justin Groves is confident it will be a pitch to offer something for everyone: some movement on the first day, the reward for good batting, and spin later on. The forecast for the match is set fair – warm and sunny – with just a small risk of showers towards days four and five.
India made a late U-turn over R Ashwin’s fitness status with him being given until the morning of the match to prove he could play. The balance potentially rests on him, but India have been caught out before while playing him half-fit, against England in Southampton. Ishant Sharma misses out with discomfort in his left ribcage. KL Rahul looks set to replace Rohit Sharma and open, meaning Hanuma Vihari slips back down to No. 6. There are a number of routes Australia could go, but it seems likely that Marnus Labuschagne will be recalled. It could be that Aaron Finch gets moved down the order or even dropped, the latter potentially opening the door for Peter Handscomb.
India won the toss and elected to bat.
India team/playing XI
MA Agarwal, KL Rahul, CA Pujara, V Kohli (c), AM Rahane, GH Vihari, RR Pant †, RA Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, JJ Bumrah.
Australia team/playing XI
MS Harris, UT Khawaja, M Labuschagne, SE Marsh, TM Head, PSP Handscomb, TD Paine (c) †, PJ Cummins, MA Starc, NM Lyon, JR Hazlewood.
Australia: LWLLD (last five completed matches)