India’s injury woes and Australia’s formidable report at Gabba will give the hosts an upper-hand within the series-deciding fourth and closing Test in Brisbane, reckons former skipper Ricky Ponting.
The Indian batting unit displayed great grit on Monday because it held on for a memorable draw towards Australia within the third Test to depart the collection 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, endure a hamstring injury. The duo will miss the final Test.
Australia too have their share of injury worries with younger debutant Will Pucovski awaiting a scan end result after injuring his proper shoulder through the match.
“Australia will have the edge going to Brisbane,” Ponting informed cricket.com.au.
“One, (Australia’s Gabba) report and two, if Will’s OK then they received’t need to make any modifications and if Will’s not they’ll solely need to make one change they usually have had a fairly dominant efficiency on this recreation.
“India again are going to have a couple of injury concerns out of this game so they’ve got to find another couple of guys to bring in.”
Australia has received 33, drawn 13, tied 1 and misplaced eight out of the 55 matches performed on the floor.
India must rejig their mixture 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 stated.
Talking about Pucovski, the previous skipper stated: “The factor I’m apprehensive about with (Pucovski), a man enjoying his first Test match, to not be again out within the area on the finish of the day – to me that’s an actual fear.
“If you’re a younger bloke and the Test match is on the road I do know I might have achieved completely every thing I might to get again on the market. That says to me he most likely couldn’t perform correctly and if he couldn’t perform at present then I might assume that he’s in critical doubt for Brisbane.