Australia have not lost a cricket test match to Gabba since 1988. India has never won a test match at the Brisbane venue.
Some say it is a stronghold for Australian cricket. Others have dubbed him the Gabbatoir, a familiar reference to the separating home team.
With the Border-Gavaskar series tied 1-1, it all depends on the last game from today (11am AEDT). An injured Indian team is determined to make history.
Just who India picks in the starting XI will have to wait for the draw, with the most worry over pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah.
Both teams suffered injuries and spent months in quarantine or under travel and accommodation restrictions.
The Indian team was beaten, bruised and, in the third test in Sydney, verbally abused. The third test was temporarily halted last Sunday and six men were kicked out of the Sydney Cricket Ground after Indian paceman Mohammed Siraj complained to referees about comments from the crowd.
The episode certainly didn’t hurt India’s resolve. Rishahb Pant missed all day play on Sunday with an elbow injury, but returned on Monday to score a crucial 97, completing stoic Cheteshwar Pujara in a partnership that gave India hope of winning before the two drummers are not dismissed and leave the care to Ravichandran Ashwin. and Hanuma Vihari to spend the last half of the day and force the toss.
Indian captain Ajinkya Rahane described the result as a win rather than a draw. Australia captain Tim Paine had to publicly apologize for his comments on the pitch directed at Ashwin at the end of day five. He also lost three takes and had people like Indian tall Sunil Gavaskar – whose name is on the show’s trophy and worked as a TV analyst during testing – questioning Paine’s captain.
Paine showed up to an online conference on the eve of the game to answer questions about these things and more, admitted that he lost his temper in the heat of the moment and didn’t was not likely to do it again in the humidity of Brisbane.
He confirmed that Will Pucovski, who posted half a century on his test debut last week, was left out of the series decider due to a shoulder injury he sustained during his matches in Sydney.
Marcus Harris was drafted in the starting XI and will open the bat with David Warner in the only change to the Australian roster.
“He tried to practice this morning, he didn’t really come,” Australia captain Tim Paine said of Pucovski. “Marcus Harris is going to come in, open the stick and we can’t wait to see what he can do.”
In the bowling attack, offspinner Nathan Lyon is set to play his 100th Test and work alongside pacemen Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitch Starc and all-rounder Cameron Green.
Indian batting coach Vikram Rathour appeared for an online press conference and said he could not confirm a starting squad, adding that Bumrah was still being assessed by the squad’s medical staff. and that a decision on his physical form would only be taken closer to the draw.
Press Trust of India, citing sources from the Cricket Control Council of India, reported earlier this week that Bumrah would not be available for the fourth test after sustaining an abdominal injury.
Experienced activists Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are already missing the bowling attack in India. Ravindra Jadeja, a versatile spin-bowling player, has previously been ruled out after undergoing thumb surgery after the third test.
Ashwin had a sore back and Vihari had hamstring strain throughout their undefeated partnership on Monday and recovered.
India was largely beaten in the first test in Adelaide last month before skipper Virat Kohli returned to India to be with his wife, Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma, for the birth of the couple’s first child. Kohli announced Monday evening that their baby girl was born.
India won the second test in Melbourne by eight wickets under captain Rahane and got the psychological best of the draw in Sydney.
In Brisbane, conservative David Sandurski said he had prepared a typical Gabba wicket to produce rebound and carry, and “there should be enough grass there to keep bowlers interested for most of the game. . “
Paine said the Gabba was “a difficult place to come and play cricket” even for players from other Australian states such as Victoria and Tasmania and was eager to get started.
“This is something which has been to the advantage of the Australian teams for a long time,” he said.