Ruthless India primed to win
- India likely to tinker with playing XI
- Steve Smith will lead Australia
India will once again be favourites to win the third Test after their dominant showing in the two Tests already. The Delhi win, in particular, emphasized how good India are in these conditions and that’s likely to continue here. India have odds of 1.38 to win the Test.
Australia are without Pat Cummins, who has gone back to be with his mother. The bowling stocks will need a rejig as such, but it’s the batting that will concern Australia even more. Australia have odds of 4.80 to win this match.
With KL Rahul out of form, Shubman Gill is likely to step in as Rohit Sharma’s opening partner and the form he is in means that Gill could make an instant impact.
Meanwhile, Australia could continue with Travis Head at the top after his attacking knock gave Australia a good start in Delhi. This could lead to further changes with Cameron Green likely to come in.
Our pick: India’s strong bowling makes them big favourites to win again. Back India at 1.38 to win the Test!
Australia will have Mitchell Starc returning to the XI and he’s likely to be the only fast bowler they play despite calls on bringing in the extra seamer. With Cameron Green available for support, Australia might continue with the three-prong spin attack.
Keep an eye on…
Todd Murphy didn’t quite have as much impact in Delhi and was overshadowed by Nathan Lyon, but here in Indore, he is likely to come into play more.
Shreyas Iyer has returned to the Test side and showed glimpses of good form last game. He is one of India’s best Test batters in recent times. Expect him to make a big impact.