Not long afterwards, a BCCI release naming India's squad of 13 for the SCG Test stated that "the team management will take a final decision on R Ashwin's availability on the morning of the Test match".
Numerous remainder of the questions Paine faced revolved around how Australia, who travel to England for an Ashes series later this year, could get better.
Captain Tim Paine said a final inspection of the SCG pitch will decide Australia's plans for the fourth Test as the hosts look to deny India a series victory.
KL Rahul, who was axed for the last Melbourne Test, is back in contention and could open the innings with Mayank Agarwal, with Hanuma Vihari dropping back down to No.6 as cover for Rohit Sharma.
Preview: When a team is leading 2-1 in a country where they have never won a series in almost seven decades of trying, you would expect it to be a well-oiled, finely-tuned machine. "It's something he will focus on to correct".
If Ashwin is ruled out, it would allow left-arm orthodox spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who took five wickets in the MCG test, to retain his place for the series finale with possible backup from part-timer Hanuma Vihari.
India-Australia encounters have always been one of the most-anticipated in world cricket as the Asian giants were among the few teams who could challenge the Australian domination over the last two decades.
"He's very important for sure". Lokesh Rahul returns for Rohit Sharma, who is absent after the birth of his first child. "He is very disappointed that he's not able to recover in time", Kohli elaborated.
Not so fair enough in another way, in that he averages 28 with the bat in the Shield this season, which isn't exactly your first criterion for your Test first drop.
Additionally, this 13-man shortlist can also be seen as a ploy to keep Australia guessing, for the hosts made a departure from norm and decided not to name their playing eleven for the first time in this series.
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Australia (from): Tim Paine (captain), Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Peter Handscomb, Mitch Marsh, Peter Siddle.
What followed was a period of lull, that helped Kohli get his eye in, and all that stood compensated towards the end of the session, when Pujara and Kohli feasted on some exhausted bowling from the spinners. "We shared a laugh as we remembered the old times", said the "Master Blaster".
Australia, on the other hand, have added spinner Marnus Labuschagne to the squad.