Australia appear favourites to win against a depleted Indian side
India have a depleted squad, with several players injured as they get set to play Australia at the Gabba in the fourth and final match of the Test series. With all of their frontline and first-choice pacers injured from the first Test, India are left with few options, but to dish out a XI that are fit and ready to go. They play against a strong Australia side, who couldn’t win at the SCG, but still played pretty well and have odds of 7.25 to win the Test and 4.35 to draw the Test match.
The Aussies, meanwhile, will rue the fact that they couldn’t win at the SCG despite having the Indians on a mat by the end of day four. Things unravelled for them on day five and it’s something the Aussies will want to rectify against a significantly weaker India side. They have pretty good odds of winning this game at 1.42
Gabba record makes Australia thorough favourites
Australia have an edge in terms of overall record at home against India, but after the steaming series this has turned into, it will matter much less than the recent record. Since 2018/19, India have managed to win three Tests in the country and have lost just two games, drawing two in the meantime. But, there’s a significant issue for the Indians as they head to Brisbane.
RECOMMENDED BET: Australia have a dominant record at the Gabba and have odds of 1.42 to beat the Indians
At the Gabba, Australia last lost a Test match in 1988. They have been unbeaten at the venue in the last 33 years. India, meanwhile, have won at all Australia venues except the Gabba.
Keep an eye on…
India’s pace bowling: Mohammed Siraj, who was yet to make a debut in the format at the start of the series, will be India’s bowling leader as they head down to Brisbane. Siraj will likely be joined by Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini and T Natarajan, all of whom combined have just four Test matches between them.
Nathan Lyon: The Australian spinner was taken apart by Rishabh Pant at the SCG, but is on the cusp of a personal landmark. He will play his 100th Test at the Gabba and is about to reach 400 Test match wickets. The off-spinner will be a threat for the Indians.
TIP: Steven Smith was in excellent form last game and has odds of 5.50 to win the Player of the Match award.