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Aussies fear India may include Gambhir

Even though the ICC has upheld the one-Test ban on Gambhir, Australia feel that India will include him in the fourth and final Test beginning tomorrow.

cricket Updated: Nov 05, 2008 22:53 IST

Even though Justice Albie Sachs has uphold the one-Test ban on Gautam Gambhir, Australia feel that India, which has already rejected the Appeals commissioner's verdict, will include the left-handed opener in the fourth and final Test and is preparing to fight it out on all fronts.

"It's going to be an awkward situation for me to be put in tomorrow if we went out to do the toss and the guy who has been rubbed out has his name on the team sheet," Ponting said, adding that it could further jeopardise Australia's cricketing relations with India.

"We have to be prepared for both. That he is going to play or he isn't going to play," Ponting was quoted as saying in 'The Australian'.

"Obviously a decision has been made that India is not happy with," the Australian skipper said ahead of the final Test starting in Nagpur from Thursday.

"It will be interesting to see where the next 24 hours heads."

Reacting to the Board of Control for Cricket in India's rejection of Justice Sachs decision yesterday, Cricket Australia said it was the International Cricket Council to decide on the next course of action.

"Cricket Australia assumes the ICC would act accordingly," a CA spokesman said. The ICC though refused to speculate on the outcome if Gambhir is selected.

"The situation is that he has a one-match ban and that's it," an ICC spokesman said.

"There is no right of appeal to the appeal. According to the ruling all member countries signed up with, that's final and binding. Due process has been gone through and the matter is closed."

First Published: Nov 05, 2008 22:10 IST