Australia Tour of India, 3rd Test: IND vs AUS | Fantasy Tips and Teams

image-lenuctlgIndian team after a win in the second Test match (Source: AP Newsroom)

It is time for the third Test between India and Australia. After two convincing victories in the first two Tests India have taken an unassailable lead in the series. At this juncture, the action shifts to Holkar Stadium in Indore for the third match. 

India have won the first two matches rather comfortably and will be looking to seal the deal in this match. A win in this match would ensure that it will be these two teams that battle it out in the finals of the World Test Championship. 

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Meanwhile, after two rather incompetent performances, the visitors will be looking to put up a better show in this match. They will try to display better cricketing skills and at least a change in the 'sweep all' mindset, especially from the second innings of the previous match. 

The match will start on the 1st of March, Wednesday at 9:30 AM IST. Before the match starts let us look at the important stats, the prime player picks and the best-predicted XIs for the fantasy contests. 

Ground Stats: Holkar Stadium, Indore

The strip at the Holkar Stadium usually favours the batters, especially in the initial stages of the match. Much along the lines of the wickets that we have already seen in this series, the pitch will gradually bring the spinners into play. So, the team winning the toss will look to bat first. 

Numbers at the ground (Test Matches)

Total Matches: 2
Matches won batting first: 1
Matches won batting second: 1

Average first innings score: 353
Average second innings score: 396
Average third innings score: 214
Average fourth innings score: 153

IND vs AUS, 3rd Test: Head-to-Head

Australia have long held the sway in this face-off. But with their domination in the last few years, India is gradually catching up. With a win in the last three Tests, the swing of the pendulum is currently in favour of the hosts for this match.

Head-to-Head (Overall matches)

Total Matches: 104
India won: 32
Australia won: 43
Matches Drawn: 28
No Result: 1

Head-to-Head (Last Five matches)

India won: 4
Australia won: 0
Matches Drawn: 1

IND vs AUS, 3rd Test: Probable Playing XIs

India Team News

With KL Rahul in terrible batting form, India might look for a change in the opening slot.

India Probable Playing XI

Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma (c), Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, KS Bharat (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Mohammad Shami, and Mohammad Siraj.

Australia Team News

Pat Cummins has returned to Australia citing personal reasons, so Steve Smith will be seen leading the Australian team. David Warner has been ruled out of the series due to injury. Mitchell Starc is ready to make a comeback in this match.

Australia Probable Playing XI

Usman Khawaja, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith (c), Peter Handscomb, Cameron Green,  Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Todd Murphy, Nathan Lyon, Matthew Kuhnemann . 

IND vs AUS, 3rd Test: Top Picks

  1. Rohit Sharma (IND): The Indian skipper started the series with a brilliant century in the first match. Even in the second match, he looked in good touch, although he failed to convert the starts in both innings. Rohit will be one of the safest picks for the match. 
  2. Marnus Labuschagne (AUS): One of the few positives for the Australian team in this tour has been Marnus Labuschagne. He looked in good touch from the very first innings but is yet to go big. This might well be the match where he translates a promising start into something substantial. 
  3. Ravindra Jadeja (IND): The Indian all-rounder is truly defining the term -' three-dimensional cricketer' in this series. Ravindra Jadeja has been at his best with both the bat and the ball in this series. The Indian team will hope that his great run of form continues. 
  4. Usman Khawaja (AUS): In the first innings of the second Test, Usman Khawaja looked the part. It looked like he is the most-suited batter from the Australian team for this kind of pitches. Although he failed to ride on the form, Khawaja will be looking to mend his ways in this match.
  5. Ravichandran Ashwin (IND): India is playing a home-Test series and Ravichandran Ashwin is not among the top wicket-takers, this is an impossible incident. Ashwin has lived up to the expectations and has been the partner in crime with Ravindra Jadeja in running through the Australian batting line-up.  There is no chance that one can miss out on Ashwin in the fantasy contests.

IND vs AUS, 3rd Test: Must Picks


  1. Rohit Sharma - 183 runs in 2 matches
  2. Ravindra Jadeja - 17 wickets and 96 runs in 2 matches
  3. Ravichandran Ashwin - 14 wickets in 2 matches


  1. Marnus Labuschagne - 119 runs in 2 matches
  2. Usman Khawaja - 93 runs in 2 matches
  3. Nathan Lyon - 8 wickets in 2 matches

IND vs AUS, 3rd Test: Risky Picks

India - Virat Kohli, Axar Patel

Australia - Steve Smith, Travis Head

IND vs AUS, 3rd Test: Best Captain and Vice-captain choices

  1. Ravindra Jadeja (IND)
  2. Marnus Labuschagne (AUS)
  3. Ravichandran Ashwin (IND)

IND vs AUS, 3rd Test: Team for Head-to-Head contests

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Wicketkeeper: Peter Handscomb
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Marnus Labuschagne, Usman Khawaja
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja
Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy

Captain: Ravindra Jadeja
Vice-captain: Ravichandran Ashwin

IND: 6 Players; AUS: 5 Players

IND vs AUS, 3rd Test: Team for Winner Takes All contests

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Wicketkeeper: Alex Carey
Batter: Cheteshwar Pujara, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Travis Head
Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Nathan Lyon, Todd Murphy

Captain: Virat Kohli
Vice-captain: Axar Patel

IND: 7 Players; AUS: 4 Players