Ashwin Out? Rahul Back? India’s Selection Conundrum for SCG Test

Virginia Santiago
January 3, 2019

India announced prior to Virat Kohli's press conference that Ashwin, who has been sidelined with a side strain since the first Test, would not be considered for selection in Sydney.

According to new reports, the spokesperson revealed that the spinner failed to prove his fitness on the eve of the match despite his solo training session indoors at the SCG on Tuesday.

After leveling the series with a 146-run win in the second test in Perth, the Australians were again outplayed in Melbourne on a wicket where India won the toss and batted for the first two days to set up victory.

India's 13-man squad for fourth Test: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav.

The Sydney wicket has a healthy green tinge which will suit both team's opening bowlers, before it could deteriorate to give something to the spinners.

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"The physio and the trainer have spoken to him in terms of what's required (from him) in order to get over that injury". In Test cricket he's a vital part of this team and we wanted him to be 100 percent fit for a longer period so he can contribute more to us in the Test format.He is very disappointed that he's not able to recover in time.

The Ashwin U-turn was not explained, although there was speculation that Jadeja may also not be fully fit. "You can't really predict an injury when it happens, you can just manage it", he added.

"The way Nathan's bowling, he's got a lot of experience, a lot of confidence and I think the main thing I see now is he knows his game so well", McGrath, who spearheaded Australia's bowling attack alongside Warne for one-and-a-half decades, said. We're not too far away.

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"The reason why we want to win this Test is because we understand as cricketers how hard it is to come here and play".

"It's just team balance really".

"Other guys may use it but my focus has been on us improving and on us playing the best possible cricket that we can and when we haven't, making sure we learn from it". "As I said all along, 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".

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