IND vs AUS: Dont need to do housekeeping for motivation, says Rathour

Paola Ditto
Gennaio 14, 2021

We would like to give them as much time as we can.

Addressing the pre-match press conference, India's batting coach Vikram Rathour said, though, that the team was not going to make the selection thinking of rain or preserving someone for the England Test series at home, which starts in the first week of February.

Earlier this week, wicketkeeper Paine apologised for his own behaviour in Sydney, where he launched a verbal tirade at India's Ravi Ashwin, was fined for dissent and dropped three catches on the final day as Australia failed to bowl India out.

Australia came under fire for their conduct in the field late in the Sydney Test, with Paine slammed for his abusive sledging of Ravichandran Ashwin as the spinner helped bat India to safety on day five.

The visitors were already without experienced quicks Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma, and batsman K.L. Rahul, while regular captain Virat Kohli is on paternity leave. "If he can play, he will play, if he cannot, then he won't", Rathour said on Thursday. Hanuma Vihari is highly unlikely to be available.

Despite the horror injury-run, India's former great Sunil Gavaskar believes they can win in Brisbane, where crowds will be capped at 50 percent to guard against possible coronavirus infections. He also said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in constant touch with Cricket Australia. One of them is that he was always marking centre. "If [stand-in captain] Ajinkya Rahane and company do it, I won't be surprised at all". But in the last game, he scored some runs.

Smith said he was shocked and disappointed to see the reaction that has come in after he was seen scuffing up the area around the batting crease. India's squad has been battered, bruised and, in the third Test in Sydney, verbally abused. "The distractions are just part of the theatre and drama, it is now and it always has been".

Australia will go into the series-deciding clash without Pucovski, who dislocated his shoulder while fielding in Sydney, where he made an impressive first innings' 62 on debut.

Meg Lanning & Co. equalled the formidable tally late past year, beating the same opponents 3-0 at home, but haven't played cricket since with the proposed visit from India pushed back to next season due to the postponement of the Women's ODI World Cup that was slated for February-March 2021 in New Zealand. "Bring it on", said Langer.

Australia, on the other hand, have already announced their playing XI in which they have replaced injured Will Pucovski with Marcus Harris.

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