The third Test of the four-match series between India and Australia will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Moore Park, Australia.

This match will start on 7th January at 5:00 AM IST. It will be live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD and can also be streamed live on Disney + Hotstar.

Preview

India and Australia on Thursday will play the third of the four-match Test series at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Australia. The series is currently tied 1-1 as both Australia and India have outperformed each other in a game respectively. The last Test of the series saw India register a wonderful total on the scoreboard with the Australian batting line-up stumbling under favourable conditions. The upcoming test will be of prime importance for the Indian side as a win will help them in retaining the Border-Gavaskar trophy for the second time in a row.

The Aussies, on the other hand, will try to leave no stones unturned to ensure their victory in the game. And with Rohit Sharma playing the 3rd Test for India, there is a good possibility that David Warner would open the innings at his home ground in Moore Park. 

Ind vs Aus weather report for 3rd Test

There is a fair amount of chance that rain will appear on the first two days of the match, so some stoppage is likely to take place. The temperature is expected to rise as the gameplay proceeds, with the average being 23 degree Celsius.

Pitch report

The surface at the Sydney Cricket Ground is good for batting, with the ball being expected to come on the willow pleasantly. The spinners are likely to get some turn off the pitch. The seamers will also get some movement off to the pitch, but it must reduce as the gameplay proceeds.

Average first innings score

The average first innings score at SCG for Test matches is 454.

Injury and availability updates

Rohit Sharma will replace Mayank Agrawal at the top of the order in the match.

KL Rahul will be returning home after picking up a wrist sprain while batting in the nets.

David Warner will be a part of the Australian squad for the 3rd Test, though he has suffered a groin injury recently. 

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Ind vs Aus probable playing XIs

India: Probable XI

Mayank Agrawal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubham Gill, Ajinkya Rahane (C), Rishabh Pant (W), Ravindra Jadeja¸ Ravichandran Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj.

Bench

Hanuma Vihari, Prithvi Shaw, Wriddhiman Saha (W), Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, T. Natarajan.

Australia: Probable XI

David Warner, Matthew Wade¸ Marnus Labuschagne¸ Steve Smith¸ Travis Head¸ Tim Paine (C), Cameron Green, Mitchell Starc¸ Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

Bench

Marcus Harris, Will Pucovski, Michael Neser, Moises Henriques, James Pattison, Mitchell Swepson, Sean Abbott.

  • Wicket Keeper: Tim Paine, Rishabh Pant.
  • Batsmen: Matthew Wade, David Warner, Ajinkya Rahane, Shubham Gill.
  • All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin.
  • Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Jasprit Bumrah, Nathan Lyon

Australia’s reserved keeper Matthew Wade had a decent inning in the last Test as he aggregated 70 runs off 176 balls. Also, his performance was above satisfactory in the first Test of the series.

Amassing 14 runs off 47 balls, Tim Paine fell short of runs in the previous game. But he registered a decent score of 73 runs in the first Test of the series. The Australian keeper will be keen on posting a good total again.

Rishabh Pant scored 29 runs at a strike rate of 72.50 in the previous game. Although he couldn’t weave magic with his bat, the young gun has a perfect job with the gloves.

David Warner is expected to return as an opener in the upcoming game. Warner was in good form in the 13th edition of the IPL and the onus once again will be to give Australia a good start.

Ajinkya Rahane scored one of the best centuries by an Indian on foreign ground. Rahane also played a decent knock of 42 runs off 96 balls in the previous game. His consistency in the previous matches makes him a part of this playing XI.

With stellar performances in both the innings, Shubham Gill has shown that he belongs to the international setup. The young lad registered 90 runs in his debut game.

R Ashwin is in great form as he accounted for 5 wickets in the previous game. His dismissal of Smith and Wade made an important contribution in India’s win on the boxing day.

The inclusion of Ravindra Jadeja in the first innings proved to be a righteous decision as he stitched a match-winning partnership for his side and also accounted for 3 wickets in the game. He is very likely to contribute with both the bat and ball in the upcoming game.

In the first Test of the series, Pat Cummins scored 31 runs and accounted for 3 scalps in the game. Cummin’s impeccable and relentless nature makes him a strong prospect for the bowling side of this playing XI.

Looking to replicate Ashwin, Nathan Lyon changed his line towards the stumps in the second Test and got considerable success with three wickets. He will once again look to take major scalps in the upcoming game for his side.

Jasprit Bumrah has effectively managed the pace attack for his side. He accounted for 6 wickets in the previous two games and will be keen on taking major scalps in the upcoming games.

Man of the Match Prediction

As David Warner has suffered a groin injury, Aussie skipper Tim Paine is the likely prospect for the Man of the Match title in the 3rd Test. 

Winner Prediction

With Warner and Pucovski’s return in the Australian side and considering that Steve Smith will also be a part of the squad, the Aussies will make for a lethal batting line up. As for team India, prominent players like KL Rahul are out of the squad in the face of injuries. That said, the Indian side can still make it count given that it is not being reduced into an indeterminate bunch to their first choice of fast bowlers. ‘A+’ players like Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, and Jasprit Bumrah have been a part of the international squad on a regular basis. Their presence certainly makes India capable of getting another win, but still, one would back Australia to win on their home ground in Moore Park. 

Last Updated on January 10, 2021