Ricky Ponting feels that Australia will have an advantage going into the final test of the Border Gavaskar Trophy. The 4th Test will take place at the Gabba in Brisbane. The series is currently at 1-1.
Australia has a solid record, considering matches at the Gabba stadium. The Men in Yellow haven’t lost a single Test in this venue since 1988. Ricky Ponting feels that Australia’s staggering record will boost their confidence for the final test match. Ponting also pointed out the difficulties India might face regarding the selection of their starting lineup. Indian cricketers Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja will be out of the 4th and final test. Hanuma Vihari is ruled out with a hamstring tear, while Jadeja is out for at least 6 weeks with a fractured thumb. With 2 major players out of the Indian side, Ponting feels that Australia will have a more balanced team ahead of the 4th Test.
Ponting backs Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha to start for India in the 4th Test
Ricky Pointing feels that both Pant and Saha could make it into the starting XI for India. Pant was already a part of the starting line-up in the 3rd Test against Australia. His crucial knock of 97 in the 2nd innings helped India secure a draw. However, Pant took several painkillers, indicating that he was not fully healthy to play. Despite this, he carried on to play the entire Test match.
Ajinkya Rahane has stated that Pant will recover in the short hiatus between the 2 Tests. Hence, it is likely for Pant to start the 4th Test against Australia. The only 2 pure batting options available are Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw. However, since both have been poor in the Test outing, it is unlikely for either one to start. Saha could don the gloves whereas Pant could come in as a pure batsman at no 6.
Team India will be high on confidence coming into the final Test. The Men in Blue will look to do the unthinkable and win the Test Series. The final Test will start on January 15 at the Gabba in Brisbane.