India captain Kohli doubtful for fourth Australia test

"I think they'd be fine [without Kohli]", Smith said. With the way others have responded and with Virat not being there, clearly a challenge for the others and may be the Australians would feel that there is one big hurdle out of the way, but the visitors know that the hosts for this particular game will come all guns firing. India probably won't miss Virat Kohli the batsman if he doesn't play at Dharamsala as he hasn't contributed to scoreline as much as he normally does.

India captain Virat Kohli does not expect preferential treatment and insists he will only play against Australia in the fourth and final Test if he is fully fit.

After India suffered a shock loss in the opening Test at Pune, Kohli and his charges upped the aggression in the next two Tests to the point where both sides had to be spoken to by the on-field umpires at certain times. The injury-plagued Cummins had a few tests done in Delhi just to make sure the Ranchi exertions hadn't taken a toll, and he has been passed fir for the Dharamsala match. However, a different camera angle later proved that the hand in question actually belonged to teammate Peter Handscomb.

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Smith was pleased in the manner in which they fought in the series.

Kohli stopped short of accusing the tourists of cheating, although he did say there is a "line that you don't cross on a cricket field". "For me it's not about worrying about the end or the result", said Smith, as Australia chase their first Test series win in India in 13 years. Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, meanwhile, has labelled the Trump comparisons as a "load of s**t". You have to have defensive fields at times and people are going to be critical at that but they're not the ones out in the middle that have to do the job.

Apart from that one possible bowling change, though, Australia are likely to stick to the same playing XI, especially after Glenn Maxwell justified his spot in the team with a hundred in Ranchi.

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Charges and counter-charges took the front seat following the second Test, when Kohli raised his voice against Smith seeking the help of the Australian dressing room for deciding on a review of a leg before decision, which the latter had termed as a "brain fade".

The replacement player is Shreyas Iyer who joins the team on the eve of the final Test. They were duly rewarded.

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