The third test between India and Australia of the 2023 Border Gavaskar Trophy will begin on Wednesday, March 1 at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. The hosts have an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the four-match Test series. They secured a comfortable victory in the second test by six wickets.
Heading into the third game, India will be riding high on confidence. The team might make only one change to the team, KL Rahul with Shubman Gill. KL Rahul has not been in the best of forms. He has been sacked as the vice-captain of Team India. Shubman might get a chance ahead of the out-of-form opener.
On the other hand, Australia will also be making some changes. Pat Cummins is unavailable for the third game, as he has returned back home due to a family medical emergency. Steve Smith will be leading the Australian team in his absence. Opener David Warner is also headed back home, after suffering a concussion during the second Test. Meanwhile, Cameron Green is fit and available for selection in the third Test.
Details: India vs Australia, Border Gavaskar Trophy, Third Test
Venue: Holkar Stadium, Indore
Date and Time: Wednesday, March 1 – Sunday, March 5
After two back-to-back defeats in the first two Tests, Australian players will have to pull up their socks. They will be keen to make a comeback in the series. On the other hand, India will be confident heading into the third game after winning the first two Tests convincingly. Betway has also placed its odds in favour of a draw at 6.50.
The wicket at the Holkar Stadium is expected to assist the spinner. However, batting in the first two days will be relatively easier. It will favour the spinners as the match progresses. The team that wins the toss is likely to bat first.
India (IND) vs Australia (AUS) – Predicted Playing XI
India: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul/Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, and Mohammed Siraj
Australia: Steve Smith (C), Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Matthew Renshaw, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Cameron Green, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy, Matthew Kunhemann
Fantasy Team Suggestions – IND vs AUS
Team 1: Peter Handscomb, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Lyon, Mohammed Siraj
Team 2: Peter Handscomb, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Travis Head, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Lyon, Mohammed Siraj
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