India ‘under pressure’ amid unknowns for latest Test

‘Almost perfect’: McDonald praises Aussie Indore’s comeback

While their captain’s availability for the fourth Test is one of several unknowns Australia will face in Ahmedabad next week, trainer Andrew McDonald says their victory in Indore has put “pressure” on India ahead of the series finale.

Pat Cummins sent congratulations to his team-mates on Friday’s breakthrough win from Sydney, where he is caring for his ailing mother Maria, who has breast cancer and is in palliative care.

Steve Smith took the reins in place of Cummins for the nine-wicket victory sealed in just six and a half sessions and looks likely to lead the side again in the Gujarat capital.

A final call for Cummins’ return is expected to be made before the squad depart for Ahmedabad on Monday, where Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese at the stadium that bears his name on day one of the game .

Coach Andrew McDonald said the thoughts of the Australia men’s team are with Cummins and his family.

“Obviously he’s involved with what he’s involved with at home, but he’s still invested in this group,” McDonald told reporters on Saturday. “We’re in constant contact with him on a daily basis so he’s not here at the moment and the test match is a few days away so we’ll be discussing it with Pat on a daily basis.”

Doubt over Cummins availability and Modi-Albanese’s pow-wow will be among several distractions to cricket in Ahmedabad.

The two days leading up to the finale of the test series coincide with the Hindu festival of Holi, which culminates in a colorful paint-throwing celebration to symbolize the triumph of good over evil.

There were also concerns about the availability of tickets for the opening day of the Test, although the ground is said to be the largest stadium in the world after renovations completed in early 2020 that increased its seating capacity to 132,000.

However, Aussie players care more about what’s in the middle of the massive venue than its exterior.

Ahead of the Indore Test, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma hinted at the possibility of playing at a nearby pitch in Ahmedabad to favor fast bowlers and prepare his team for a Test World Championship final for which his team is preparing next week can qualify with a team.

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Now, however, India is under pressure to strike a balance between preparing a place that favors its strengths – which Rohit explained on Friday as his main consideration when communicating directions to local curators – and one that is not subject to further scrutiny by the International Cricket Council is suspended .

Match referee Chris Broad delivered his verdict on the surface of the third Test at Holkar Stadium in a remarkably short time on Friday, watching India earn the first ‘poor’ rating on a pitch since the ICC’s new regulations five years ago were introduced.

A repeat in Ahmedabad would be unprecedented.

The only undrawn Test ever played in India that scored fewer runs than this week’s game in Indore was England’s two-day clash in 2021, when neither team scored more than 145 and none of the four innings went longer than Lasted 53 overs.

The ICC rated this pitch as “average”.

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“I don’t think we know what we’re going to get in Ahmedabad, I don’t think anyone knows. It’s completely out of our control,” McDonald said.

“But we definitely put some pressure into that locker room.

“We felt like we did that most of the time in (the second Test in) Delhi and this time to execute that and get over the line – you have to be near perfect against India in India put them away , and that’s what we did.”

Frontier-Gavaskar Qantas Tour of India 2023

February 9-13: India won by innings and 132 carries

17-21 February: India won by six wickets

1st-5th March: Australia won by nine wickets

March 9th to 13th: Fourth Test, Ahmedabad, 3pm AEDT

All matches will be broadcast live and exclusively on Fox Cricket and Kayo Sports

Squad Australia: Pat Cummins (c), Scott Boland, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Matt Kuhnemann, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (vc) , Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson

Squad India: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat, Ishan Kishan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav , Suryakumar Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat

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