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India’s Suresh Raina reacts during a warm-up game. He is all set to replace injured Shikhar Dhawan in the 4th and final Test match against Australia. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
4th Test – India vs Australia Live | IND vs AUS 4th test live
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Fri Mar 22 – Tue Mar 26
09:30 local | 04:00 GMT | 09:00 PKT
Toss: Australia, who chose to bat
Umpires: Aleem Dar and RA Kettleborough
TV umpire: S Ravi
Match referee: ; RS Madugalle
Reserve Umpire: AK Chowdhary
Watch this space for latest updates and match report of the 4th Test match between India and Australia in Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi.
India is set to take on Australia for the last time in the 4th Test match here in Delhi having already won the series 3-0 and will hope for clean sweep against the visiting team. India will be without Shikhar Dhawan, who has been ruled out for six weeks with a fractured left hand and explosive opener Virender Sehwag who was dropped from the India squad for the last two Tests against Australia, after failing to impress the selectors.
Suresh Raina has been called up to the India squad for the fourth Test against Australia as replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan, who has been ruled out for six weeks with a fractured left hand. Gautam Gambhir, who had been dropped in favour of Dhawan for the Australia Tests, was also added to the squad initially, before a blood test showed he was down with jaundice, a BCCI release said.
On the other hand, Shane Watson’s chances of captaining Australia for the first time in Test cricket appear to have risen after Michael Clarke failed to train in Delhi on Wednesday. Although Clarke is still hopeful of being fit for the fourth Test, which starts at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday, his ongoing back problem limited his participation at the nets on Wednesday to some discussions with the coach Mickey Arthur and on-duty selector Rod Marsh while the rest of the squad trained.
The 14 member squad for the last test matches led by MS Dhoni: MS Dhoni (capt), M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma.
The 4th Test between India vs Australia is being played at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi from Fri Mar 22 – Tue Mar 26 (Follow daily updates on March 22, March 23, March 24, March 25 & March 26) at 09:30 local in Delhi, 04:00 GMT and 09:00 PKT in Pakistan.
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India have their best chance to pay Australia back in their own coin in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series which ends with the fourth and last Test, starting here Friday.
India were thrashed four-nil Down Under, now they look good to return the compliment, having already taken an unassailable 3-0 lead at Mohali.
It is also the first time India have won three Tests on the trot in a series since they thrashed Sri Lanka in 1993-94 under Mohammad Azharuddin’s captaincy.
The history, too, is against Australia in Delhi. They have never won a Test at the Ferozeshah Kotla since 1959, when they won by an innings and 127 runs.
The three defeats have confirmed that Australia are ill-equipped to handle India’s spin. In fact, it is the back-up left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja who has caused much of the damage, picking up the wicket of skipper Michael Clarke five times in the series.
India are unlikely to tinker with the bowling attack as even the fast medium bowlers have chipped in with important wickets at crucial stages of the three Tests.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is the leading wicket-taker in the series with 22 wickets at 21.40. Jadeja is second with 17 wickets at an average of 18.88. India will surely play to its strength.
Dhoni may be tempted to open with Cheteshwar Pujara, who went out with Murali Vijay in the second innings at Mohali as debutant opener Shikhar Dhawan injured his knuckles in the field. In the process, the skipper could accommodate Suresh Raina in the middle order, though ideally Ajikya Rahane should be the choice to open.
With the series gone, the Australians will be playing for pride and to prevent the whitewash. Their team is in disarray with Skipper Michael Clarke still doubtful for the match with his chronic back acting up at Mohali. If he decides to sit out, Shane Watson will lead the team for the first time in a Test.
Clarke has been suffering from a recurring back-injury that has been troubling him since he was 17. He was in great discomfort while batting in Mohali Test and received intensive treatment from physiotherapist Alex Kountouris Sunday. During the match, Clarke had to leave the field, handing over the captaincy reins to veteran wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.
The Australian skipper took part in Thursday’s practice session here after skipping it Wednesday.
Clarke admitted that back injury was affecting his performance but said it will not cut down his career.
“I don’t know if it’s as bad as it’s been. It’s not a nice feeling. It was very uncomfortable and it impacted my performance (in Mohali), in regards to not the number of runs I made but the movement. I felt I couldn’t move down the wicket because I was so restricted and I’d hate to see what the fielding side of it looked like,” he said.
Clarke said he is feeling well after some serious treatment.
“It’s slowly improving. If you ask Alex or the team doctor, they might have a different impression but, hopefully, a good day today, plenty of treatment, and I wake up in the morning, feel magnificent and I walk out and play another Test match for Australia,” he said.
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Australia takes four spin-bowling options to India for their four-Test tour, with Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith named in a 17-man squad alongside Nathan Lyon and Xavier Doherty. On the other hand, Gautam Gambhir is out and Harbhajan Singh is in for India. Australian captain Michael Clarke was surprised with the exclusion of Gautam Gambhir from India’s Test squad though and said his bowlers are happy that the aggressive opening batsman was not playing in the series.
There will be total of four test matches on Australia’s tour of India in 2013.
India has already won the Test series and will hope to win the 4th test to ultimately whitewash visiting Australia on their soil.
India vs Australia Squads
India Team for 4th Test: (From) MS Dhoni (capt), M Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma.
Australia team for 4th Test: (From) Michael Clarke (capt), Ed Cowan, David Warner, Phil Hughes, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Moises Henriques, James Pattinson, Xavier Doherty, Jackson Bird, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith
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