India vs Australia: Leg-spinning all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne added to hosts' squad for the final Test at Sydney

Labuschagne being brought in could spell trouble for fellow all-rounder Mitch Marsh, who was recalled for the Melbourne Test but failed to make an impact.

FirstCricket Staff, Dec 30, 2018 12:27:49 IST

Melbourne: Leg-spinning all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne was on Sunday added to Australia's squad for the fourth and final Test against India in Sydney, beginning on Thursday.

Australia go into the game at the Sydney Cricket Ground 2-1 down in the four-Test series after a crushing 137-run defeat in Melbourne.

India vs Australia: Leg-spinning all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne added to hosts squad for the final Test at Sydney

File image of Marnus Labuschagne. AFP

They had previously named a 13-man squad for both Melbourne and Sydney and have added South African-born Labuschagne for a match they must win to prevent India securing a first-ever series victory Down Under.

"We'll get up to Sydney and have a look at the conditions," skipper Tim Paine said in confirming Labuschagne's inclusion.

"From what we're hearing, it'll probably spin quite a bit so once we see that for ourselves, we'll start to think about the best combination for ourselves to win that Test."

Labuschagne being brought in could spell trouble for fellow all-rounder Mitch Marsh, who was recalled for the Melbourne Test but failed to make an impact.

Australia squad: Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitch Marsh, Tim Paine (capt) Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Pat Cummins, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood

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Updated Date: Dec 30, 2018 12:27:49 IST






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