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Australia win toss and bat in 4th Test

India have already lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after heavy losses in the opening three Tests and are playing to restore some pride and avoid a 4-0 series whitewash.
By HT Correspondent | AFP, Adelaide
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2012 09:09 AM IST

Australia won the toss and chose to bat against India in the fourth and final Test at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

India have already lost the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after heavy losses in the opening three Tests and are playing to restore some pride and avoid a 4-0 series whitewash.

The tourists decided against playing two spinners and went into the Adelaide Test with off-spinner Ravi Ashwin coming into the side for paceman Vinay Kumar.

India also named backup wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha for skipper M.S. Dhoni, who was suspended from the third Perth Test for slow over rates.

Australia will play local off-spinner Nathan Lyon in their only change from the Perth Test with paceman Mitchell Starc named 12th man.

Test cricket's greatest runscorer, Sachin Tendulkar, is seeking his elusive 100th international century and has the chance to reach the mark at the Adelaide "home" ground of cricket legend Don Bradman.

Tendulkar, stuck on 99 Test and one-day international hundreds, has now gone 10 Tests and 20 innings without a hundred, one of the longest waits for a Test century in his 187-Test career.

Teams:

Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shaun Marsh, Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon Mitchell Starc (12th man).

India: Virender Sehwag (capt), Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Virat Kohli, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravi Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav.

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