IND v AUS: Australians hit the SCG nets on new year’s day

Seven members of the Australian squad train at the Sydney Cricket Ground ahead of the fourth India vs Australia Test.

Gearing up: Tim Paine at the nets at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.   -  AP

Seven Australian players, including skipper Tim Paine, hit the nets at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on the first day of the new year in their bid to get battle ready ahead of the fourth Test against India.

“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.com.au posted.

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During the optional session, leg-spinner Labuschagne, who is tipped to play at the SCG was seen bowling to Queensland team-mate Khawaja.

Finch absent

Opener Aaron Finch, who has scored only a single half-century in three Test matches, may be axed from the playing eleven, and as per reports, he did not bat in the nets. The other batsmen faced the New South Wales bowlers Trent Copeland and Mickey Edwards.

According to cricket.com.au, “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.”

The Test, the last of the four-match series, begins on January 3.