After three exciting test matches, India and Australia are supposed to reconvene for the Gabba Test for the fourth test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The India vs Australia test is slated to be held from the 15th to the 19th of January, 2021. The international cricket stadium of the city of Brisbane of Australia is known as the Gabba.
Ind vs Aus Test Match Analysis
India vs Australia series are always exciting and even this has been a great one so far; with both the teams putting up memorable performances in the test matches so far. The first test match of the series was won by Australia; after a batting order collapse of India restricted its innings to 36 in the third innings. Despite many critics predicting a whitewash; India was able to stage a brave comeback in the second test and won it by eight wickets.
The third test was crucial because the team that would win it would have secured its chances of not losing the series. Australia put up great batting performances in the third test and gave a massive target to India for the fourth innings. India was placed at a precarious position after five of its wickets fell with multiple sessions remaining. However, Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari put on a memorable partnership for the fifth wicket and were able to draw the match. The fourth test is therefore going to be crucial as this would be the series decider.
Ind vs Aus Gabba Test Record At Brisbane
A brief look at the statistics of the two teams for the Gabba test would be useful. Australia have a formidable Gabba test record. They have played a total of 55 matches at the venue; out of which they have won 33, drawn 33, tied 1 and lost 8 of the matches.
In fact, in a recent interview; Australian cricketing legend Ricky Pointing has warned India of the impeccable Gabba test record of the host side. On the other hand, India has not had a great Gabba test record. They have played a total of six Gabba tests out of which they have lost in 5; have drawn one. They had not played a Gabba test during their historic series win of 2018-19. Therefore, the chances seem to be tilting in Australia’s favour this time.
Gabba Test Team News & Playing 11
Both the teams have had stronger bowling sides. Both the Australian and the Indian bowlers have been putting up better performances than the batsmen. However, India has been having trouble from the beginning of the series regarding the injuries of its players.
After the first test match, Virat Kohli and Mohammad Shami, two of its pivotal players returned home due to personal commitments and injuries respectively. Umesh Yadav, its other main pace bowler got injured and left the series after the second test match. Multiple players of the playing XI are currently injured. Ravindra Jadeja, its spinning allrounder; has sustained an injury in the last test match which has ruled him out of the rest of the series. On the other hand, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Hanuma Vihari. The three players who had put up pivotal performances in the last match have also played with injuries throughout the last test..
According to the latest news, Hanuma might not play in the fourth test while the other two players might get fit enough to play. Natarajan, a pace bowler; wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and bowler Shardul Thakur; who is also handy with the bat, might be drafted into the playing XI for the Gabba test. On the other hand, Australian opener Will Pucovski has also been ruled out for the last test after sustaining a shoulder injury. Batsman Marcus Harris will probably be accompanying David Warner to open the Australian innings for the Gabba test now.
What To Expect?
India has not been known for having a good record in overseas tests but the last two decades, things have changed significantly. India had won the last time it had toured Australia in 2018-19 and would like to win the Gabba test and clinch this series as well.
Australia on the other hand would be keen on upholding their reputation on home soil and would thus be eager to clinch this match. Overall, the last India vs Australia match promises to be an exciting watch.