India’s damage woes and Australia’s formidable document at Gabba will give the host an upper-hand within the series-deciding fourth and closing Test in Brisbane, reckons former skipper Ricky Ponting.
The Indian batting unit displayed super grit on Monday because it held on for a memorable draw in opposition to Australia within the third Test to go away the sequence levelled at 1-1. The closing Test begins on January 15.
However, the match noticed star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja struggling a thumb fracture and Hanuma Vihari, who batted for 160 balls for his 23, undergo a hamstring damage. The duo will miss the final Test.
Australia too have their share of damage worries with younger debutant Will Pucovski awaiting a scan outcome after injuring his proper shoulder through the match.
“Australia will have the edge going to Brisbane,” Ponting advised cricket.com.au.
“One, (Australia’s Gabba) record and two, if Will’s OK then they won’t have to make any changes and if Will’s not they’ll only have to make one change and they have had a pretty dominant performance in this game.
“India once more are going to have a few damage considerations out of this sport so they have to seek out one other couple of fellows to herald.” Australia has won 33, drawn 13, tied 1 and lost 8 out of the 55 matches played at the ground.
India will have to rejig ITS combination if Jadeja and Vihari miss the Brisbane Test.
“If they were to play another batter, they could play that batter at five and Rishabh (Pant) stays at six and (Wriddhiman) Saha can come in at seven. That looks pretty good to me,” Ponting mentioned.
Talking about Pucovski, the previous skipper mentioned: “The thing I’m worried about with (Pucovski), a guy playing his first Test match, not to be back out in the field at the end of the day – to me that’s a real worry.
“If you are a younger bloke and the Test match is on the road I do know I might have completed completely every thing I might to get again on the market. That says to me he most likely could not operate correctly and if he could not operate right this moment then I might assume that he is in severe doubt for Brisbane.