The fourth Test match between India and Australia will be played at the Gabba in Brisbane. The final match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will be a series decider. After the first three-Test match, the series is currently at 1-1. Team India holds the prestigious Border-Gavaskar Trophy and Australia would want to take the trophy from the visitors after a convincing victory against them at Brisbane.
It will very difficult for the Indians to beat the Aussies at the Gabba considering their impeccable record at the venue. The hosts have been unbeaten in Brisbane since 1988. The Indian team is facing a lot of issues regarding injuries and will rely on their batting top-order while Tim Paine would be counting on his bowlers to dominate the match. Let’s have look at the three match-winners who could play a vital role in the fourth Test match for their respective teams:
Steve Smith had an unforgettable series until he scored two 50-plus scores in the Sydney Test and was also the Man of the match. Smith seemed to be out of form in the first two matches but regained his form and rhythm which pressurized the Indians in the Sydney Test. The Test specialist scored 131 in the first innings and scored 81 runs in the second innings which put his team in a commanding position. Tim Paine would be counting on Smith to anchor the innings with the bat.
Cheteshwar Pujara is having a similar kind of series as Smith, the number three batsman for India was struggling in the first two matches but seems to be back on the track. Pujara worked hard for his 50 in the first innings and scored 77 runs which played a crucial part in drawing the match. The Indian team management will want another marathon innings from India’s most dependable batsman in the longest format.
The number 1 Test bowler in the ICC rankings grabbed five wickets and looked in a good rhythm and control against the robust Indian line-up. The Aussies will rely on Pat Cummins for an early breakthrough and also for breaking a threatening partnership in the middle overs.