In u-turn, R Ashwin's named in India's 13 for Sydney Test

Virat Kohli 'honestly' not thinking about historic first-ever Test series win in Australia

Virat Kohli 'honestly' not thinking about historic first-ever Test series win in Australia

India are engaging in mind games on the eve of the fourth Test, publicly drawing a line through Ravi Ashwin's name then including the injured star in a 13-man squad.

Additionally, India have included left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav as cover, in case the skipper decides to go in with two spinners.

The surprising omission from the 13-man squad is Ishant Sharma who has been excellent for India in the series.

Answers to these and more as Cricket Analyst, Mr Ashutosh Paibhale discusses the Sydney Test in detail.

Australia have hosted India since 1947-48, and barring three occasions - in 1980-81, 1985-86 and 2003-04 which were drawn - the visitors have lost the Test series on seven occasions - 1967-68, 1977-78, 1991-92, 1999-2000, 2007-08, 2011-12, 2014-15.

Two hours later, the tourists performed a u-turn and insisted Ashwin could yet return as he will be assessed on Thursday morning.

Umesh Yadav was called in the place for Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin, who most likely will not play in Sydney, was also included in India's 13-man squad for the fourth Test against Australia on Wednesday.

Since the Border-Gavaskar Trophy came into existence, India and Australia have played 14 Test series, out of which eight were played in the Asian country.

"It's unfortunate that he's had two niggles that are quite similar in the last two away tours".

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"He's very important for sure".

"We'll be looking to pick the best XI that we think is the best combination to win this Test and the wicket will play a part in that".

Rohit Sharma has recently become a father.

India's fortunes have also been built on the back of disciplined pace bowling against fragile home batting and they take their advantage to the one ground in Australia which has traditionally favoured their strongest suit - spin bowling.

"It's is not only the team you are playing against but the whole nation as they get behind their team so well".

Till now both the teams have met twice in the "Pink Test" with Australia winning one, and the second one ending in a draw.

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

The tourists may be tempted to promote Kuldeep Yadav, who is mentored by Brad Hogg and notably bamboozled Australia on Test debut in Dharamsala a year ago, but Kohli gave a ringing endorsement of Vihari's offspin.

Australian captain Tim Paine takes a break from batting during an optional nets session. If Finch is left out, Usman Khawaja will open with Marcus Harris, and Labuschagne slotting in the middle-order. The fourth and the final match of the series starts on January 3, 2018.

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