Seven Australian players hit SCG nets on New Year's Day

Marnus Labuschagne is back in the Aussie squad

Left-arm spinner Ravi Jadeja was outstanding in the fourth Test in Melbourne and India would be hesitant to weaken the batting to play two spinners in Sydney when the low-risk option is to at least ensure the match is drawn. The end of the year could not have gone better for the Indian team and the fans as well. He is quick, very accurate and moves the ball both ways, which is what you want from a Test match bowler.

It could even be the pace-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya if the curator listens to the Australian bowlers to leave a lot of grass for the ball to move and bounce. And when I am not doing it I am usually off with the fairies trying to recover. That would be a defensive move.

Pat Cummins says his side has spoken about the lack of reverse swing.

January 18: Australia vs. India, third ODI, MCG, Melbourne.

Kohli has so far scored 259 runs including a fluent 123 on a hard pitch in Perth in the second Test.

The Australians have other excuses, too.

A total of 3,116 runs at 46.5 per wicket have been scored at the SCG across those matches plus India's drawn tour game that preceded the four-Test series.

Cummins, however, did not rule out the possibility of appointing a fast bowler as the captain and in such a scenario has backed Josh Hazlewood for the vice captain's role.

"I hope they're welcomed back". And also Cheteshwar Pujara's - the Saurashtra batsman is the highest scorer in the series so far with 328 runs and two hundreds.

'When he's batting in the sheds, he is always watching and thinking things through.

"If you have world-class players who aren't in the team, are they going to add to our team?"

Opener Aaron Finch has been unable to reproduce his limited-overs form in the red ball game, Usman Khawaja has struggled and newcomer Marcus Harris is yet to post a big score at the top of the order.

"He has not been playing T20 cricket, and instead went to play for Yorkshire". He had no clue how much Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja are turning or spinning the ball and that made things hard for the top-order batsmen to cope with the pressure.

Rohit Sharma opting out of Perth Test has handed him a brilliant opportunity to play for India in Sydney test series. "As long as India are winning, that's what I look for", he said. But the segregation was opposed by many states in a democratic set-up.

"Most of our batters knocking on the door are averaging in the 30s [in the Sheffield Shield]".

When asked to point the reason for India's success, Kohli was quick to respond, saying: "Our first-class cricket is fantastic".

Cummins bowled more, but he was used for longer in the second innings given his early success.

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