Australia v India Test series: Six questions heading into fourth Test


Australia v India Test series: Six questions heading into fourth Test
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    The Australia-India series is on a knives edge heading into the fourth Test at in Dharamsala. So what will decide the series…
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The Australia-India series is on a knives edge heading into the fourth Test at  in Dharamsala. So what will decide the series ? Here are six questions to consider. 

1) Who will have the momentum on Saturday, when the fourth Test starts?

Indias Ishant Sharma, left, gestures to his team captain Virat Kohli after bowling a delivery to Australias Matt Renshaw, right, during the first day of their third test cricket match in Ranchi, India, Thursday, March 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Neither team has taken a backward step throughout the series.Photo: AP

Both captains tried to claim it would be their respective sides. Australia clearly finished the stronger team and would have felt more buoyant after day five, but they will be concerned about how India slowly but surely overhauled their first-innings total and took control of the contest on day four.

2) What would another drawn Test mean?

The series would finish drawn at 1-1. It would be an unsatisfying result for both teams, but somewhat of a victory for the tourists as they would retain the Border-Gavaskar trophy. The win in Pune was Australia's first Test victory in India since 2004. Steve Smith's side are gunning for the nation's second series win in India since 1969.

3) What should be expected from the pitch?

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The unexpected, especially given it is hosting its first-ever Test. The surface in Ranchi provided a reminder of why you should never judge a deck on what it looks like. Smith fully expected another early finish, as was the case in Pune and Bangalore, but it held together quite well. Dharamsala is renowned for its pace and carry, but Australia found out how little reputations mean when they played on a spin-friendly pitch at the venue during last year's World Twenty20.

4) What is going on with India captain Virat Kohli?

Australias Pat Cummins, left, runs to celebrate the dismissal of Indias captain Virat Kohli, second right, during the third day of their third test cricket match in Ranchi, India, Saturday, March 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Kohli is dismised during the third day of the third Test.

Kohli is being belted in his personal battle with counterpart Steve Smith. Smith is the leading run-scorer of the series with 371 at 74.2, including two tons. Kohli has 46 runs at 9.2. Kohli has clearly been rattled but Australia will remain wary, knowing the superstar is one of the best batsmen in the world and capable of win…

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