Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction- Australia v India 4th Test

Can captain Virat Kohli start 2019 by helping India rewrite history in Australia

He saved Australia with a ton in Dubai and played one of his best Test innings at the top against the pink ball against South Africa in Adelaide in 2016 when forced to replace David Warner, who had been off the field too long to open.

In a surprise, first-team regular Sharma was not included with the reasons unknown.

Ravindra Jadeja, who played the third Test at the MCG where he took five wickets, Kuldeep Yadav and Hanuma Vihari are the other spin-bowling options for India on an SCG pitch that is expected to take turn.

While Kohli during his pre-match press conference claimed that he was not focussing on creating history by becoming the captain of an Indian team which is the first to win a Test series Down Under, the final scoreline in India's favour will surely place in him in an enviable league.

In-form seamer Ishant Sharma was bizarrely left out of the squad and will be replaced by Umesh Yadav, while in another blow middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, who hit a gritty 63 in the first innings of the Melbourne test, has jetted back to Mumbai after his wife gave birth to a daughter.

The Ashwin U-turn was not explained, although there was speculation that Jadeja may also not be fully fit.

"He is very disappointed with the fact that he has not been able to recover in time, but the things have been laid out to him (over) what needs to be done to get back to full fitness".

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Australia: Tim Paine (capt & wk), Marcus Harris, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Peter Handscomb, Peter Siddle. "I think the way he's handled the last month or so has been exemplary, it's a real credit to him".

"It's just team balance really", captain Tim Paine said.

Indian pacers have beaten Australian pacers in-terms of number of wickets, average and strike rate in this series so far which also tells us why India are ahead in the series.

"We know we're not going to win Test matches without scoring hundreds". It's got nothing to do with proving we have done something which hasn't been done in the past.

Since the Border-Gavaskar Trophy came into existence, India and Australia have played 14 Test series, out of which eight were played in the Asian country.

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