Kohli named captain of Cricket Australia's ODI team of the year

Kohli named captain of Cricket Australia's ODI team of the year

Kohli named captain of Cricket Australia's ODI team of the year

India are now on the cusp of history, with a win at the SCG assuring them of a first-ever Test series triumph on Australian soil.

The "Will he? Won't he?" saga around whether Ravichandran Ashwin might return for the decisive test aside, the tourists, as England in 2011, looked in confident mood as they trained under bright blue Sydney skies. Winning in Australia is quite the accolade to have on a cricket CV - even one already as impressive as his. Twelve months on from celebrating, not all that classily, a 4-0 Ashes victory on this ground, there is a lot of rebuilding still be done.

The prolific Kohli has been at the forefront of Indian cricket for a decade, playing 76 Test and more than 200 one-day internationals.

"But the way Vihari has bowled, he has looked like picking up a wicket whenever he comes on to bowl".

The tourists may be tempted to promote Kuldeep Yadav, who is mentored by Brad Hogg and notably bamboozled Australia on Test debut in Dharamsala past year, but Kohli gave a ringing endorsement of Vihari's offspin. The other selection drama for India surrounds the absence of Rohit Sharma. He has always talked about wanting to win first, but could there be a time in this match when he plays safe?

There are a number of routes Australia could go, but it seems likely that Marnus Labuschagne will be recalled. A final decision on Ashwin's availability was to be made before the toss on Thursday. While Ishant and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have failed to make the cut, pacer Umesh Yadav and opener KL Rahul have been included in the line-up.

Before that, however, is the SCG Test and Cummins said the team had been talking about preserving their record against India since before the series began. "2-1 is a pretty fair reflection of how we've played the series so far, you can see why they're the No. 1 Test side in the world".


The visitors captured Australia's last two wickets after a rain-delayed start to day five of the third Test.

Come to think of it, Shaun Marsh is 35 and played 37 Tests, Usman Khawaja, 32, played 38 Tests and Mitch Marsh, 27, played 31 Tests.

The Australian fast bowlers blame it on the abrasive nature of the pitch on the last three days helped the Indian bowlers, but are silent what triggered the Indian collapse in the second innings and Cummins getting nine wickets in the match.

Man-of-the-match Jasprit Bumrah.

The Bathurst cricket talent and NSW bowling star has this summer been given a new challenge as part of the Seven commentary team covering the Test series.

"If you ask me very honestly, no". "That's not easy for them, but we'll collectively be better for it over time". We need to stay in the present and focus on the things we can do.

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