AUS vs IND 4th Test Playing 11: Natarajan and Sundar make Test debut, Harris features in Aussie lineup

AUS vs IND 4th Test: India is taking on Australia in the Final tour game at The Gabba in Brisbane. The hosts have won the toss and have opted to bat first. AUS are 157/3 after Tea season on Day 1.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Jan 15, 2021 10:37 IST
AUS vs IND 4th Test Playing 11: Natarajan and Sundar make Test debut, Harris features in Aussie lineup
India is taking on Australia in the Final tour game at The Gabba

AUS vs IND 4th Test Playing 11: India will lock horns with their arch-rivals Australia (IND vs AUS) in the fourth Test being played at the Gabba tomorrow. The match gets underway from 5:30 AM according to IST. The four-match Test series currently stands at 1-1. Despite the injury woes, India have a slight edge over the Aussie, so Rahane-led Team India will be eyeing to retain the Border-Gavaskar series. Take a look at the AUS vs IND playing XIs as given below.

R Ashwin, Jaspreet Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, and Hanuma Vihari are out from the series-decider Test. Shardul Thakur, Mayank Agarwal, T Natarajan, and Washington Sundar comes in their place. The Indian camp is that the Tamil Nadu duo of Washington Sundar and T Natarajan are making their Test debuts.

The Indian team management is hit by injuries and skipper Rahane will have a hard time narrowing down his final playing XI to reveal tomorrow morning. After the SCG heroics, the 'Man of the Hour' Hanuma Vihari has been ruled out due to hamstring. Jaspreet Bumrah's fate hangs in balance as the medical team is working to ready him for the series-decider, the other heroes of the Sydney Test Ashwin and Pant are also battling with their back strain.

Aussie captain Tim Paine confirmed that Marcus Harris will partner David Warner at the top of the order in Pucovski’s absence, with the rest of the Australian XI unchanged.

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The rookie opener Pucovski has failed a fitness test this morning and has been ruled out of the series-deciding fourth Test to be played in Brisbane. Victorian teammate Marcus Harris replaced him at the top with David Warner in Australia Playing XI for the Gabba Test. Pucovski has been injured his right shoulder while fielding on the final day of the match at the SCG.

"He'll have a bit of work to do with our medicos to see where he goes from here, but he's obviously missing this Test match and Marcus Harris will replace him. He tried to train this morning and didn't quite come up," Paine said of Pucovski.

IND vs AUS Playing XIs:

India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant (wk), Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan

Australia Playing XI: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (C/W), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Squads:

India - Ajinkya Rahane (C), Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Mayank Agarwal, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah, T Natarajan, Wriddhiman Saha, Kuldeep Yadav, Prithvi Shaw

Australia - David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (C/W), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Travis Head, Michael Neser, Sean Abbott, James Pattinson, Mitchell Swepson