India and Australia will be fighting to make a way for their teams to restore the glories with India taking the series win, that will be the first of the kind. For Australia, team balancing is still a problem and they can lose the series.
India has been visiting Australia for competitions for 71 years and although the guests have come really close to beat the hosts on their soil, the series victory has always eluded India. Now that none of the previous Indian captains has been able to achieve, Virat Kohli surely can. India will enter into the final match of the series with a 2-1 lead. India might have retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy, Kohli and his men will want to create the history by winning the series.
At Sydney, India does not have a formidable record winning only one out of 11 Tests played at the venue but this time the odds are heavily stacked against Kohli.
The final test between India and Australia will be played from January 3 to January 7, 2019, at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
BCCI announced the 13 players for the Sydney Test. Kohli previously said that Ashwin will not be included in the team as the offspinner has not recovered from his injury. Yet, BCCI list included Ashwin and the final call on his inclusion will be made before the toss. Kuldeep Yadav is also named for the first time in the Test squad so it will be between him and Jadeja to take the spot for the only spinner in the team.
Sydney Cricket Ground has a history of supporting spinners, so Yadav and Jadeja both can make it in the team. Another opportunity is given to KL Rahul in the game as the new dad Rohit Sharma is back home to be with his first child. Rahul can be seen opening with Mayank Agarwal, while Hanuma Vihari can go back to batting No. 7. Umesh Yadav has replaced Ishant Sharma in the team.
1 KL Rahul, 2 Mayank Agarwal, 3 Cheteshwar Pujara, 4 Virat Kohli (capt), 5 Ajinkya Rahane, 6 Hanuma Vihari, 7 Rishabh Pant (wk), 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
Australia is still to name the players for the final Test with skipper Tim Paine pointing out that they need to look at the SCG pitch before deciding the final team. In the team, we can see Mitchell Marsh been replaced by the Queensland allrounder Marnus Labuschagne who is known for his leg-spinning talent. Paine talked about balancing the team for players keeping into account the future prospects with David Warner and Steve Smith return. This indicates that Usman Khawaja can be seen opening with Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch dropping down in the middle order.
1 Marcus Harris, 2 Usman Khawaja, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Travis Head, 5 Aaron Finch, 6 Tim Paine, 7 Marnus Labuschagne/Peter Handscomb, 8 Nathan Lyon, 9 Pat Cummins, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Josh Hazlewood