South African-born Marnus Labuschagne has been added to Australia’s squad for next week’s fourth and final Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Leg-spinning all-rounder Labuschagne debuted against Pakistan earlier this year. Nobody has been omitted from the squad, but all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and batsman Peter Handscomb are in doubt amid poor stretches of form.
‘I think there’ll be a lot of things on the table in the next day or two and I’ve got some thoughts, but I think I’ll share that with Justin Langer and a few other guys before I share it here,’ said captain Tim Paine.
‘We’ve got the best group of players available to us at the moment, and we’ll pick the best combination out of that group that we think will win this last Test. We’ll get up to Sydney and have a look at the conditions.
‘I think we’re hearing it will spin quite a bit, so once we see that for ourselves we can try to think about the best combination to win that Test. From what I’m hearing, it will be dry, spin quite a bit, a bit like the old SCG used to be.’
India lead the series 2-1. The final match will get under way on Thursday.