The third Test between Australia and India is set to begin this Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Despite succumbing to the quality of the Australian bowlers in the first Test, the Indians came back strong at the MCG to level the series and grab the momentum heading into this fixture.
India's chances will be boosted by Rohit Sharma's arrival, who is expected to slot back into the opener's role. However, they have a selection headache with Umesh Yadav being ruled out of the Test series.
With both Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan capable of filling in his shoes, the Indians should feel optimistic about their chances ahead of this game.
The hosts, Australia, will look to bounce back after a disappointing show at the MCG. Their cause is helped by the return of David Warner, who by his own admission isn't a 100% fit in the build-up to the Test.
But such are the stakes that the Aussies need their star opener to counter the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Ravi Ashwin. Their all-NSW bowling attack will love playing at the SCG and would be hoping they can help their side to a series-defining win in the third Test.
Both teams look evenly matched on paper although the Aussies might hold the edge heading into this fixture. With both sides looking to grab the opportunity at the SCG, another thoroughly entertaining game beckons between the two heavyweights.
Squads to choose from
Tim Paine (C), Joe Burns, Cameron Green, Will Pucovski, Steven Smith, David Warner, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Michael Neser, Moises Henriques, Matthew Wade, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Sean Abbott, James Pattinson and Mitchell Swepson.
Ajinkya Rahane (C), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj.
Predicted Playing 11
David Warner, Will Pucovski, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head/Cameron Green, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine (C&WK), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood
Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal/Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur/ T Natarajan
Match: Australia vs India, 3rd Test
Date: 7th December 2021, at 5:00 AM IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
The SCG usually favours the spinners more than the other grounds in Australia and it shouldn't be any different for this Test.
However, the pacers should get ample movement off the surface, keeping the batsmen on their toes throughout the match. The batsmen should feel at ease once they ride the storm initially, which will make for a good contest between bat and ball.
Both teams would ideally want to make good use of the conditions first up and bat upon winning the toss. The weather forecast isn't promising in Sydney although we should be in for a cracking game of Test match cricket at the SCG.
AUS vs IND 3rd Test Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion #1: M Wade, R Pant, M Labushagne, S Smith, S Gill, C Pujara, R Ashwin, P Cummins, J Hazlewood, M Siraj and J Bumrah
Captain: S Smith, Vice-Captain: J Hazlewood
Fantasy Suggestion #2: M Wade, A Rahane, M Labushagne, S Smith, S Gill, C Pujara, R Ashwin, M Starc, J Hazlewood, R Jadeja and J Bumrah
Captain: C Pujara, Vice-Captain: S SmithPublished 05 Jan 2021, 22:23 IST