India vs Australia: 7 Australian players turn up for practice at SCG on New Year’s Day

first_imgAustralia are 2-1 down in the four-match Test series vs India and they cannot afford to let up as the Sydney Test is fast approaching. The fourth and final Test of the series will start on January 3 at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Australian cricket team decided to ring in the new year with an optional practice session at the SCG.Australian batting is under immense scrutiny after quick Pat Cummins turned up the best performance with the bat for the Australian team and with leg-spinner Marnus Labuschagne added to the squad, Australian greats have called for Aaron Finch to be dropped.Finch has scored only 97 runs in six innings for Australia this series when he has opened the batting and there have been calls to either drop him down in the batting order or from the playing XI.Amidst all the scrutiny, Finch along with skipper Tim Paine, Usman Khawaja, Marcus Harris, Peter Handscomb and bowlers Nathan Lyon and Marnus Labuschagne turned up at the SCG nets on Tuesday.”Seven members of the 14-man squad – Tim Paine, Nathan Lyon, Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Peter Handscomb and Marnus Labuschagne – trained under brilliant Sydney sunshine in the morning as the nation steadily rose after seeing in 2019,” Cricket Australia’s official website posted.Despite turning up at the nets, Finch did not bat which only fuels the fire that he might be dropped from the team. He was however involved in slip catching practice.On the other hand, leg-spinner Labuschagne, who is tipped to play in the SCG Test, was seen bowling to Khawaja.advertisementA fresh face, plenty of energy and a new mate for Usman Khawaja as Marnus Labuschagne joins the Test squad!#AUSvIND | @alintaenergy pic.twitter.com/FUd3YMUtW4cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 1, 2019The other batsmen faced the New South Wales bowlers Trent Copeland and Mickey Edwards.As per the CA website, “An unchanged line-up is still a possibility, with Finch shifting down to the middle order where he calls home at first-class level, and those ahead of him moving up one spot.”Those not in attendance were Shaun and Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head and the pace quartet of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Peter Siddle.Bit happening in Sydney as Australia and India visit Kirribilli House and Prime Minister @ScottMorrisonMP #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/SJARR6L2RLcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 1, 2019Also Read | Australian Prime Minister hosts Virat Kohli and Tim Paine’s men at official residenceAlso Read | Melbourne Cricket Ground rated average by ICC after Boxing Day TestAlso Read | Justin Langer slams Smith-Bancroft interviews: That was just another distractionAlso Read | How sports stars around the world welcomed 2019last_img read more