Australia v India, fourth test, day one

Virat Kohli's team set to decimate Australia in Sydney Test despite Ravichandran Ashwin's injury

Numerous remainder of the questions Paine faced revolved around how Australia, who travel to England for an Ashes series later this year, could get better.

Australia have hosted India since 1947-48, and barring three occasions - in 1980-81, 1985-86 and 2003-04 which were drawn - the visitors have lost the Test series on seven occasions - 1967-68, 1977-78, 1991-92, 1999-2000, 2007-08, 2011-12, 2014-15.

The hosts have one eye on levelling the series in Sydney and the other on the main prize in 2019 - retaining the Ashes - and their selections for the Sydney test, beginning on Thursday, will reflect this. With India winning their first Boxing Day Test, Kohli equalled predecessor Sourav Ganguly to win the most number of Tests overseas and also became only the second Indian captain after Bishan Singh Bedi to win two Tests Down Under.

This was not about making history, he said, more about proving that a team already ranked number one in the world in tests could do the business on the rock hard wickets of Australia as well as the slow, brown pitches of home. Did Ishant Sharma deserve to be dropped?

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The New Year's test has more often than not been a sun-drenched celebration of Australian cricketing domination but this year it looms as a desperate scrap to prevent India from finally exerting their superiority Down Under.

Ishant is experiencing some left rib cage discomfort and the team management did not want to risk him during the fourth Test match in Sydney.

"He's very important for sure. He is very disappointed that he's not able to recover in time", Kohli elaborated. What seemed likely, from what Kohli said, was that Vihari would return to his No. 6 position while KL Rahul came into the XI in place of Rohit Sharma, who is back home to spend time with his wife and newly-born daughter.

"Every team that comes here wants to win, obviously".

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The Sydney wicket has a healthy green tinge which will suit both team's opening bowlers, before it could deteriorate to give something to the spinners.

Finch, the nation's limited-overs skipper, and test vice-captain Mitchell Marsh are expected to make way with Peter Handscomb on the verge of a recall after only one match in the wilderness. "We know how good a player of spin he is". If Finch is left out, Usman Khawaja will open with Marcus Harris, and Labuschagne slotting in the middle-order.

Australia have parachuted leg-spinning batsman Marnus Labuschagne into the squad for Sydney and he could start if selectors feel there is enough in the track to warrant playing him alongside Nathan Lyon.

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