Australia are set to play the fourth Test against India at The Gabba, a venue which has been their fortress over the years. Meanwhile, Australian number three Marnus Labuschagne has said that the team is looking forward to the next Test and aiming to win the match and the series. India salvaged a draw at the SCG while staying alive in the series. Chasing 407 for victory, India were reduced to 272 for 5. However, Hanuma Vihari (23* off 161) and Ravichandran Ashwin (39* off 128) put on a 62-run sixth-wicket stand off 259 balls to eke out a memorable draw.
Marnus Labuschagne is not too fussed about India earning a draw in the previous Test he said that the team is fully focussed onto the next Test and looking to win the match and the series.
“We played a [drawn] Test match today but it’s a Test series and we’re here to win. Regardless of the result of this game, if we won or it was a draw, we had to go to the Gabba and win. So nothing’s changed for us – it’s a matter of changing our focus and making sure we take them down at the Gabba,” Marnus Labuschagne told Cricket Australia.
Australia’s Fortress: The Gabba
Meanwhile, The Gabba has been Australia’s fortress, and they have not lost a Test there since 1988 – an unbeaten streak of 28 games. In the 55 Tests the Aussies have played in Brisbane to date, they have won 33, drawn 13, tied one, and lost eight matches.
Labuschagne is the leading run-scorer in the series so far with 293 runs from three matches with an average of 48.83. He has been a perfect foil to Steve Smith who has rediscovered his form in the series after missing out in the first two Test matches.
Meanwhile, Team India reached Brisbane on Tuesday morning. With the team grappling with injuries and missing key players, the selectors have a challenge of putting out a strong playing XI for the final Test.