Marsh in, Handscomb out of Boxing Day Test

Part of the thinking also revolves around the potentially decisive fourth and final Test in Sydney with only a three-day recovery period if Melbourne goes the full five-day distance

Part of the thinking also revolves around the potentially decisive fourth and final Test in Sydney with only a three-day recovery period if Melbourne goes the full five-day distance

Finch has declared himself fit for the Boxing Day Test against India (starts 11.30pm GMT on Tuesday) despite suffering a blow on the glove from a Mohammed Shami ball in the second Test in Perth, which Australia won by 146 runs to level the series at 1-1. Interestingly, it was Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon who came up with a match-winning haul of eight wickets. According to Shastri, Jadeja arrived in Australia carrying a shoulder injury and not only was he allowed to be a part of the final 13, he bowled regularly in the nets after taking injections and was used as a substitute fielder extensively in the Perth Test.

'The problem with Jadeja was that he had taken an injection four days into coming to Australia because of some stiffness in his shoulder, and it took a while for that injection to settle down.

"So when you look at Perth, we felt that he was maybe 60-70 percent fit and that we didn't want to risk that in Perth". But he is certainly a great player in terms of numbers, Virat already has already 60 worldwide hundreds, in such a short span of time, he is hungry we know he is extremely fit, and when he gets the opportunity he makes the best of it.

Agarwal though has earned his place by sheer weight of runs in domestic cricket as well as for India A and couldn't be ignored any further by either selectors or the team management. "It's something that we all work really hard at and we have done for a long time".

The revelation has put severe strain on the 19-member strong Indian contingent in Australia.

India may also be keen to welcome back seam-bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya who has joined the squad after recovering from a back injury suffered during the Asia Cup in the UAE.

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"We'll have to evaluate (his) fitness over a 24-hour period and take it one step from there, and also (evaluate) the conditions". "But he looks good as of today".

The Indian Express said that the biggest bone of contention in Perth was not selection but that Kohli "has little confidence in some of his teammates". Rohit's reinstatement may depend on whether there is change at the top of India's batting order where openers Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay are under pressure to keep their spots. "They have got the experience, they have got the exposure over the last few years". "It's about how strong you are in the mind".

The Indian skipper has come under criticism for his sledging and heated exchanges with Australian counterpart Tim Paine during the tense second Test in Perth, which at one point needed the umpire to intervene.

The retired Johnson said the famously combative Kohli's antics were unnecessary.

"He was fantastic. What is wrong with his behaviour? We are definitely not looking to find something to talk about", he said.

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