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Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Aussies confirm sweeping changes for SCG Test


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Australia has unveiled a new look batting line-up for the fourth Test against India at the SCG, with confirmation struggling opener Aaron Finch has been dumped.

The Victorian managed just 97 runs from six innings in the series, with selectors under fire for batting him at the top of the order for the national side, rather than at five or six where he has enjoyed success at domestic level.

Australia’s reshuffled order will see Usman Khawaja partner Marcus Harris to form the home side’s sixth opening combination in the last 12 months, while recalled Queensland batsman Marnus Labuschagne will slot in at number three.

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh has also been axed, with Peter Handscomb to bat at number six.

The return of Handscomb will also raise eyebrows, after his technique was exposed during the opening two matches of the series, when he scored just 68 runs in just four innings. Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell said after the Perth Test that Handscomb’s technique can’t be successful against high-class bowling.

Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat first, with hot weather forecast for at least the first three days.

Temperatures are expected to reach 28 degrees today, before climbing to 31 and 33 on days two and three.

Former Australian batsman and selector Mark Waugh says there’s still plenty of question marks over the batting line-up.

“I just don’t think there was a lot to work with for the selectors,” Waugh told Fox Cricket.

“Is he (Labuschagne) a Test number three? I don’t think so, but he gets a chance to prove us all wrong.”

Australian captain Tim Paine admitted bowling first isn’t ideal.

“I would have liked to have had a bat, no doubt, but there’s a bit of grass coverage, so hopefully we can get the ball in the right areas so we can bring the slips and keeper into play early,” Paine said.

The tourists have also made changes to the side that won the third Test in Melbourne, with KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav replacing Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma.

India will have history on their side after Kohli called correctly at the toss, with the visiting skipper boasting a remarkable record when winning the coin flip.

Of the 21 times Kohli has had the choice of batting or bowling, India has never been defeated, boasting 18 victories and just three draws.

India takes a 2-1 lead into the fourth Test, as they seek their first ever series victory in Australia.

Australia has unveiled a new look batting line-up for the fourth Test against India at the SCG, with confirmation struggling opener Aaron Finch has been dumped.

The Victorian managed just 97 runs from six innings in the series, with selectors under fire for batting him at the top of the order for the national side, rather than at five or six where he has enjoyed success at domestic level.

Australia’s reshuffled order will see Usman Khawaja partner Marcus Harris to form the home side’s sixth opening combination in the last 12 months, while recalled Queensland batsman Marnus Labuschagne will slot in at number three.

All-rounder Mitchell Marsh has also been axed, with Peter Handscomb to bat at number six.

The return of Handscomb will also raise eyebrows, after his technique was exposed during the opening two matches of the series, when he scored just 68 runs in just four innings. Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell said after the Perth Test that Handscomb’s technique can’t be successful against high-class bowling.

Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and had no hesitation in electing to bat first, with hot weather forecast for at least the first three days.

Temperatures are expected to reach 28 degrees today, before climbing to 31 and 33 on days two and three.

Former Australian batsman and selector Mark Waugh says there’s still plenty of question marks over the batting line-up.

“I just don’t think there was a lot to work with for the selectors,” Waugh told Fox Cricket.

“Is he (Labuschagne) a Test number three? I don’t think so, but he gets a chance to prove us all wrong.”

Australian captain Tim Paine admitted bowling first isn’t ideal.

“I would have liked to have had a bat, no doubt, but there’s a bit of grass coverage, so hopefully we can get the ball in the right areas so we can bring the slips and keeper into play early,” Paine said.

The tourists have also made changes to the side that won the third Test in Melbourne, with KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav replacing Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma.

India will have history on their side after Kohli called correctly at the toss, with the visiting skipper boasting a remarkable record when winning the coin flip.

Of the 21 times Kohli has had the choice of batting or bowling, India has never been defeated, boasting 18 victories and just three draws.

India takes a 2-1 lead into the fourth Test, as they seek their first ever series victory in Australia.

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