India aim to seal series and WTC final qualification in the 3rd Test at Indore

India will look to get a 3-0 lead in the Border Gavaskar trophy against a much changed Australia
India Vs Australia

(Cricket news) India won the 1st two Tests inside 3 days and now they have an opportunity to seal the series and officially book their place in the World Test Championship finals. The 3rd Test will be played at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. Australia have a few absentees and a few players returning but they would have to play out of their skin to beat this Indian side. 

India’s possible playing XI:

Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, KS Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj

Bench: KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat

India have no reason to change their line-up combination but it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep KL Rahul in the side ahead of Shubman Gill. Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid have said multiple times that Rahul will be backed. KL Rahul was the vice captain in the first 2 Tests but in India’s squad for the next 2 Tests he wasn’t mentioned as the vice captain. Rohit Sharma has said that it is not an indication of any kind however it may be time for Rahul to sit out because Shubman Gill is in red hot form. 

Australia’s possible playing XI:

Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Peter Handscome, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Matt Kuhnemann, 

Bench: Matthew Renshaw, Mitchell Swepson, Lance Morris, Scott Bolland

Pat Cummins, David Warner and Josh Hazelwood are unavailable but Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green are all set to return. Travis Head is almost guaranteed to open the batting alongside Usman Khawaja. The addition of Green works very well as it gives Australia 3 spinners and 2 spinners along with the option of Head, Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith.

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