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India have never won a Test series in Australia and have only won four of the 44 matches played Down Under since 1947 - but there is a growing sense that the visitors have their best ever chance of recording a historic victory.
Ravi Shastri’s side are within touching distance of a famous series win as they lead 2-1 heading in to the fourth and final Test in Sydney.
India clinched a dramatic 31-run victory in the series opener in Adelaide as they claimed just their sixth Test win Down Under in their history and the first since 2008.
Captain Virat Kohli hailed the impact of his bowlers after the win, which saw them head into the second Test in Perth ahead of the home side.
But it was a different story in Perth as Australia stormed back to level the series. India needed 287 runs to win but came nowhere near as they went all out for 140 – Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon claiming three wickets apiece against the No 1 Test team in the world.
However India regained the lead over Christmas with a Boxing Day win to clinch the third Test. Light rain delayed the win slightly but ultimately India could not be resisted as they recorded their third win at the MCG.
The tourists were helped to victory by a brilliant performance from Jasprit Bumrah, who led the way with a career-best 9 for 86 against the Australian batsmen.
The win puts India in pole position with a drawn series now the best Australia can hope for. India, who have shared series honours with Australia three times previously, are out to ensure it doesn’t happen for a third time.
And India captain Virat Kohli has insisted his team will have only one thing in their mind as they head to the Sydney Cricket Ground.
"We always knew that we could do this. Although we are very happy, we are not shocked or surprised about what has happened,” said Kohli, who celebrated passionately at the end of the third Test at the Melbourne City Ground.
There had been reports of poor weather for that Test, something which could have potentially denied India a famous win.
But Kohli insists he was not worried by the forecast. “Not really,” he said when asked about bad weather. “Some people in the management group were having a look. We knew we had enough time.”
The Border-Gavaskar trophy is secured but the bigger prize is still up for grabs heading into the final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
India have come up short in recent tours of South Africa and England and they’ll be desperate to avoid further disappointment with Australia seemingly on the ropes.
But the Aussies will be hoping they can begin 2019 with a morale-boosting win to secure a draw and put a damaging 12 months for Australian cricket firmly behind them.
They’ll be relying on leading run scorer Travis Head who has looked brilliant in bursts during this series.
Though some questionable shot selections have seen some dodgy outs in his last four dismissals, Head will be given further opportunities to establish himself ahead of Steve Smith and David Warner when they come back for the Ashes.
Kohli meanwhile knows a series-clinching win will add another chapter to his reputation as India’s finest cricketer. All eyes will be on the batsman in Sydney.
Australia were of course without the suspended duo Warner and Smith for this series following the ball-tampering Ashes scandal.
And since the scandal they have not won a single Test match, with losses against South Africa (3-1) and Pakistan (1-0).
Build-up to the series was dominated by the ongoing debate around Australia's new 'non-aggression' pact, which has been put in place in response to the 'win-at-all-costs' mentality that bred the ball-tampering scandal earlier this year.
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, along with a number of ex-players, has criticised the new ethos, calling on the team to 'stop worrying about being liked'.
“You don’t need to be best mates with everyone. Australian cricket, I think, needs to stop worrying about being liked and start worrying about being respected,” former Australia captain Clarke told an Australian radio station.
“Play tough Australian cricket. Because whether we like it or not, that’s in our blood. If you try and walk away from it, we might be the most liked team in the world, we’re not going to win [anything]. We won’t win a game. Boys and girls want to win.”
However Clarke's former Australia team-mate Simon Katich has insisted a change is needed to win back the respect of the public.
He said: “The point is, we were caught for blatantly cheating and we have to rectify that as soon as possible to earn back the respect of the cricketing public in Australia and worldwide.
“We’ve been a disliked team for a number of years through that on-field behaviour and it obviously came to a head in Cape Town.
“They can still play the Australian way in terms of playing competitive and playing fairly, but not going over the top and going across the rules like they did in Cape Town.”
It’s now all to play for in the fourth Test – with India on the brink. Watch the action live on BT Sport with coverage of the Test beginning at 11pm live on BT Sport 1, BTSport.com and the award-winning BT Sport app.
Australia head coach Langer on series objectives: "Try being a selector at the moment. We've got to be careful not to reward poor performances but … it's not as if the guys are absolutely banging the door down.
"Most of our batters knocking on the door are averaging in the 30s [in the Sheffield Shield].
"The art of batting, we've got some work to do. Whether it's the system … whether it's something we've got to change in our psyche, I'm not sure. It's something everyone is looking at."
He added: "I feel like the director of a soap opera. I honestly do. Coaching is about man management and looking after people, caring for people, and that was just another distraction last week.
"There's a really good process in place that we're going to go through to get the boys back in the team, I liked seeing Cameron play last night."
India head coach Ravi Shastri on batsman winning the third Test: “"Cheteshwar Pujara has not had enough. He is going to take that bat and sleep with that bat.
"That's Puji for you. He is a good old-fashioned cricketer. He might not be the ideal player that crowds want to see but my word when the conditions become like this, he is the one who digs deep. Puts a price tag on his wicket. He played magnificently especially after the platform he was given.
"Mayank Agarwal...let's not take it from him. We could have easily been three down for 80 and then it would have been a different ball game. He dug deep."
Australia: Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine
(captain), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan
Lyon, Chris Tremain, Peter Siddle
India: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
First test: December 5-9 11:45pm UK time - Adelaide Oval - India won by six wickets
Second test: December 14-18 2:20am UK time - Perth Stadium - Australia won by 146 runs
Third test: December 26-30 11:30pm UK time - Melbourne Cricket Ground - India won by 31 runs
Fourth test: January 3-7 11:30pm UK time - Sydney Cricket Ground
Fourth Test betting odds
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