Rishabh Pant was accused of being 30kg overweight by Australia’s Matthew Wade. But he’s been back in “the lab”.
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Welcome to our live coverage of the Third Test between Australia and India in the Sydney.
Perhaps to be remembered as the Masked Test as a limited crowd is welcomed to the SCG under strict COVID protocols, it’s a must-win for Australia if they want to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
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India will also have a fresh feel with the big-hitting Sharma back after missing the first two Tests.
He injured his hamstring during an Indian Premier League game in October and only joined the squad last week, but will open alongside youngster Shubman Gill, who keeps his spot after an impressive debut in the second Test at Melbourne.
Mayank Agarwal, who has struggled for runs, misses out.
Sharma’s return is big bonus for India whose batting has been weakened by captain Virat Kohli’s departure for paternity leave after the opening Test in Adelaide.
They also have a new-look attack with Navdeep Saini making his debut in place of Umesh Yadav, who hurt his calf in Melbourne and is out of the series. India were already without injured regulars Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma.
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