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Australia v India: Mitchell Johnson doubtful to play fourth Test

This might prove to be big news for team India. In case a story running on the NDTV is to be believed, Australian lead pacer Mitchell Johnson might not play in the fourth and last Test in Sydney, scheduled to begin from 6th January. As per the news item, Mitchell Johnson is nursing a hamstring injury as an Australian media report has quoted a team source as saying that the bowler has been excused from the training session.

Johnson did not train with team Australia on Saturday and after monitoring his condition before the next encounter on Tuesday, any final decision will be taken. But as of now, since the Australians have already won the series with 2-0, his absence really does not matter much. Although for the newly appointed Indian test captain, Virat Kohli, this might prove to be a big soothing relief.

Johnson had really worked hard during the last two tests and his injury might have been aggravated due to the same. But in any case, giving him rest appears to be a viable decision as just after a few weeks time, the prestigious World cup is scheduled to begin and owing to big stiff competition lying ahead, it is prudent for Cricket Australia to ensure fitness of their lead bowler for that big event.

Meanwhile, the last Test has also become very crucial for Virat Kohli as the whole world will be curiously watching his captaincy as well as batting skills after his taking over from MS Dhoni. It will be interesting to note whether Virat Kohli continues to adopt an aggressive attitude on the field or he shall be toning down his blunt attitude to achieve at least one victory.

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