Australia vs India 2018-19: India's predicted XI for the final Test
India are at the cusp of making history in Australia. They are leading the series by 2-1 after beating Australia in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne. Earlier, India won the first Test at Adelaide before losing the 2nd Test at Perth.
India, having outplayed Australia in all the three departments, will not be looking to make wholesale changes in the final Test. The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has a history of assisting spinners. India may be tempted to go with two spinners provided Ashwin is fit.
Let us look at India's predicted XI for the fourth and the final Test which is happening on 3rd of January at the historic SCG.
#1 Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal has made a scintillating debut for India in the Boxing Day Test by scoring an aggressive half-century opening the batting in the first innings.
It was the first half-century by an Indian opener in this Test. Mayank's aggressive start helped India to post a formidable first innings total which helped India win the game convincingly.
He scored a brilliant 42 in the second innings steadying the ship from one end when other batsmen imploded. The Karnataka opening batsman came into International cricket after scoring tons of runs in the domestic cricket. His assured performance guaranteed him the opening slot again.
#2 Hanuma Vihari
The Indian Team Management decided to take a risk by sending Vihari as an opener. The risk did not pay as the make-shift opener got out for eight and thirteen runs in the 1st and 2nd innings respectively.
However, Vihari played for more than one hour on the first day without losing his wicket setting the platform for the middle-order to dominate the game.
Though he got out cheaply in both the innings, he looked assured compared to the other openers. He will be continued as an opener in the final Test. Also, his off-spinners at SCG will come in handy.