The visitors are well and truly limping towards the end of this tour as they continue to lose players to injury.
Aussies takes control over India at the SCG
Welcome to our live coverage of day four of the Third Test between Australia and India at the SCG.
A dominant day three left the hosts in full control of the match as India’s resistance on this tour began to fade.
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Play is scheduled to begin at 10.30am AEDT.
Shattering blow as Jadeja ruled out
India will be without star allrounder Ravi Jadeja for the rest of the series after scans revealed he dislocated and fractured his left thumb.
The tourists have been hit hard by injuries and unavailability during the tour and will now have four players (Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Virat Kohli and either Umesh Yadav or Ishant Sharma) missing from their first-choice XI for the final Test in Brisbane.
In the short-term, Jadeja leaves India a bowler down as it attempts to knock Australia over quickly on day four.
“Ravindra Jadeja has suffered a dislocation and fracture on his left thumb. It will be very difficult for him to wear those gloves and bat,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
“In any case, he will be out of action for at least two to three weeks which rules him out of the final Test.”
Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant, who copped a blow on the elbow while batting, is expected to bat in India's second innings.
Australia will begin day four on 2/103 with Steve Smith (29) and Marnus Labuschagne (47) at the crease.
Fate of Brisbane Test confirmed
A last-minute twist ahead of the Fourth Test won’t prevent India travelling to Brisbane, The Times of India reports.
The final match of the series was in jeopardy on Saturday night after The Australian reported the visitors did not want to play because of fears the highly-infectious UK strain of coronavirus that has forced a three-day lockdown in Queensland this weekend could jeopardise their home Test series against England which starts in early February.
But a report from India early Sunday morning suggests the match will go ahead as long as the visitors can leave Australia as soon as the match concludes.
“The Indian team will play the fourth Test in Brisbane. But BCCI has told CA that arrangements for the team’s return to India should be made in a way that the team doesn’t have to stay back unnecessarily after the Test ends,” an unnamed senior BCCI official told the newspaper.
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