The hosts Australia will take on the visitors Indian team in the third Test of the ongoing series from Thursday (7th January) at Sydney Cricket Ground (Sydney).
The four-match Test series is currently standing in level by the 1-1 margin with two more Tests to go. Australia won the pink-ball Test at Adelaide by 8 wickets, which was the opening game of this Test series.
Meanwhile, India won the second Test of this series at Melbourne by 8 wickets, which began on the 2020 Boxing Day.
Australia vs India, 3rd Test: Complete Squads
Australia: Tim Paine (C), Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner
India: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Rohit Sharma (vc), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Rishabh Pant (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Thangarasu Natarajan
Australia vs India, 3rd Test: Playing XIs
Australia (predicted XI): David Warner, Will Pucovski, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Travis Head, Tim Paine (C/wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood
India (announced XI): Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini
Australia vs India, 3rd Test: Fantasy Cricket Tips
David Warner has returned to the squad along with youngster and uncapped Will Pucovski. In the last Test, Australia had zero 50+ scores from their batsmen. While only captain Tim Paine and now-excluded Joe Burns hit half-centuries in this Test series for Australia, Marnus Labuschagne is their leading run-scorer this series with 129 runs in four innings (average 32.25). Also, Matthew Wade has scored 111 runs (average 27.75) in this Test series.
While the pacer Pat Cummins is the joint-leading wicket-taker in this Test series with 10 wickets, the left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc has got 8 wickets this Test series. Also, Josh Hazlewood, the only five-wicket haul bowler in this Test series, has bagged 7 wickets in this series.
While Umesh Yadav and KL Rahul are the fresh names to get ruled out from the remainder of this away Test series, Rohit Sharma and T Natarajan have joined the Test squad. Rohit’s addition is important for the Indian team who will play the vice-captain role of this Indian team.
Stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane is the only centurion in this Test series yet as he is the leading run-scorer in this Test series with 181 runs in four innings (average 60.33). In the last Test at Melbourne, Rahane scored 112 runs during India’s first innings. Youngster Shubman Gill impressed in the last Test, where the Test debutant scored 45 and 35 not out. In the middle-order batting, Ravindra Jadeja’s half-century played an important role for the Indian team to put the visitors to the strong position in the last game.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has taken 10 wickets in this Test series. Also, the right-arm pacer Jasprit Bumrah has got 8 wickets in this Test series. While Mohammed Siraj made his Test debut in the last game, the right-arm pacer impressed by taking a total of five wickets in that Test.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain – Ajinkya Rahane, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins
Vice-captain – Ravichandran Ashwin, Mitchell Starc
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (1):
Wicket-keeper(s) – Tim Paine
Batsmen – Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (C)
All-rounder(s) – Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers – Pat Cummins (vc), Mitchell Starc, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah
Suggested Playing XI for Fantasy Cricket (2):
Wicket-keeper(s) – Matthew Wade, Rishabh Pant
Batsmen – Marnus Labuschagne (C), David Warner, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma
All-rounder(s) – Ravichandran Ashwin (vc), Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers – Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Jasprit Bumrah