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India wins toss and bats 1st in 4th test against Australia

The Indian cricket team huddle together before the start of their cricket test match against Australia in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Ri...
Australia's Mitch Marsh, right, catches a football as the Australian cricket team prepare to pose for a photo before a training session in Sydney, Wed...
Australia's Nathan Lyon flips a ball up before a training session in Sydney, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, ahead of their cricket test match against India ...

The Indian cricket team huddle together before the start of their cricket test match against Australia in Sydney, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (AP Photo/Ri...

Australia's Mitch Marsh, right, catches a football as the Australian cricket team prepare to pose for a photo before a training session in Sydney, Wed...

Australia's Nathan Lyon flips a ball up before a training session in Sydney, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, ahead of their cricket test match against India ...

SYDNEY (AP) — India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia in the fourth and final test at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.

India, which has never won a test series in Australia, made two changes to the team that won by 137 runs in Melbourne's third test last week.

Lokesh Rahul returns for Rohit Sharma, who is absent after the birth of his first child. Rahul will open the batting with Mayank Agarwul with Hanuma Vihari dropping into the middle order.

Spinner Kuldeep Yadav also comes in for seamer Ishant Sharma on the expected spin-friendly SCG pitch.

Australia has recalled Peter Handscomb for the out-of-sorts Aaron Finch and has dropped Mitch Marsh for leg-spinning allrounder Marnus Labuschagne, who will bat at No. 3.

Usman Khawaja will open the batting with Marcus Harris as the hosts try to bolster its batting lineup that has scored just one century — Khawaja's hundred in Dubai against Pakistan — in almost a year.

Kohli, a century-maker the last time India played a test at the SCG, said after winning the toss that the pitch "will be tougher to bat as the game goes on, ideal for us to bat (first)."

India leads the four-test series 2-1 after victories in the first test at Adelaide by 31 runs and last week's Boxing Day test to retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

Australia won the second test in Perth by 146 runs.

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Teams:

Australia: Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

India: Mayank Agarwal, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough and Ian Gould, England.

TV umpire: Marais Erasmus, South Africa. Match referee: Andy Pycroft, Zimbabwe.

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Updated : 2021-12-09 04:21 GMT+08:00