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Ind Vs Aus: BCCI Announces 13-Player Squad For The 4th Test, No Place For Ishant Sharma

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| January 2 , 2019 , 17:03 IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced the 13-man squad for the 4th and final Test against Australia which will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) from January 4.

Indian star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin still remained in doubt as the Indian board revealed that the call on the veteran spinner's availability will be taken on the morning of the test.

It is learnt that Ashwin, who suffered an abdominal strain on the fourth day of the opening Test in Adelaide, trained on Tuesday but has not recovered in time and is likely to miss his third Test in a row.
Earlier on Wednesday, skipper Virat Kohli, speaking to media had said that the offspinner was "very disappointed" to miss the final match of the series.

But barely an hour later, Ashwin's name was on the squad list tweeted by the BCCI.

"A decision on R Ashwin's availability will be taken on the morning of the Test," it said ahead of what is expected to be turning wicket at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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In a surprise move, pace spearheads Ishant Sharma was not included with fast bowler Umesh Yadav preferred.

Wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav was also named and could play alongside finger-spinner Ravindra Jadeja if Ashwin is not fit and India opt for two slow bowlers.

Middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, who hit a gritty 63 in the first innings at Melbourne, is not available after getting back to Mumbai to be with his wife who recently gave birth to a baby girl.

Team India are currently leading the four-match series 2-1, are eyeing a first-ever Test series triumph Down Under.