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Australia announce squad for the last two tests, Warner back in the team after injury

Cricket Australia (CA) announced squads for the remainder of series and for the last two test game. David Warner, Sean Abbott and Will Pucovski have been named in Australia’s 18-player squad for the remaining two Tests against India. Australian opener David Warner and seamer Sean Abbott were both injured with Warner recovering from a groin injury and Abbott nursing a calf strain. Pucovski, who was in line for a debut in the first Test against India had been ruled out after suffering a concussion in the practice match. With all three expected to be fit by the third Test, Australia have strengthened their squad for the final two Tests in Sydney and Brisbane. Opener Joe Burns, who returned scores of 8, 51*, 0 and 4 in the first two matches, has been omitted from Australia’s 18-member squad for the remaining two Tests and he will return to Brisbane Heat for BBL matches.

Australia will train in Melbourne on 2 and 3 January before moving to Sydney on 4 January. The third Test begins from 7 January with the series level at 1-1. India put up an all-round show in Melbourne to level the series 1-1 with an eight-wicket win.

Australia Squad for 3rd and 4th Tests: Tim Paine (c), Sean Abbott, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner

Remaining tour Schedule:

Date: January 07 – January 11, 2020
Match: India vs Australia, 3rd Test
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Time: 05:00 AM IST, 11:30 PM GMT, 10:30 AM LOCAL

Date: January 15 – January 19, 2020
Match: India vs Australia, 4th test Test
Venue: The Gabba, Brisbane
Time: 05:00 AM IST, 11:30 PM GMT, 10:30 AM LOCAL

India or Australia can win both remaining Test matches in their series, and thus claim a 3-1 series victory, then they will have 119 or 121 rating points respectively. A 2-1 series win would also be enough for Tim Paine’s side to go top, as they would have 119 rating points. A 2-2 draw between India and Australia would leave New Zealand top as long as the Black Caps are able to avoid defeat against Pakistan in Christchurch.

No.1 Scenario
NZ 2-0 Pak NZ 1-0 Pak NZ 1-1 Pak
Aus 3-1 Ind
OR
Aus 2-1 Ind
AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA
Aus 2-2 Ind
OR
Aus 1-1 Ind
NEW ZEALAND NEW ZEALAND AUSTRALIA
Aus 1-2 Ind NEW ZEALAND INDIA INDIA
Aus 1-3 Ind INDIA INDIA INDIA
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