India vs Australia: Will Pucovski doubtful for fourth Test after suffering shoulder injury during Sydney Test
Pucovski's performance in his first match for the Test side had been a bright spot for the Aussies, who were held to a draw in the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Australia scored 195 and 200 in the lost Melbourne Test as none of the batsmen could get a half-century in the match that India won comfortably by eight wickets to level the series on Tuesday.
Trailing 0-1 in the series after the batting debacle here and with Virat Kohli going back to India for the birth of his first child, India will be led by Ajinkya Rahane in the remainder of the series.
Burns suffered a nasty blow on his elbow off a Jasprit Bumrah delivery during the first Test at Adelaide which Australia won by eight wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match series.
India vs Australia: Virat Kohli says it's hard to put feelings in words after crushing defeat at Adelaide
He said the Australians bowled some good balls but didn't do anything drastically different from the first innings.
India vs Australia: Visitors succumb to their lowest total in Tests as Aussies register emphatic 8-wicket win
There were no demons in the pitch but Josh Hazlewood (5-3- 8-5) and Patrick Cummins (10.2-4-21-4) displayed fast bowling of highest quality, the impact of which will be far-reaching with three more Tests to go.
India vs Australia: Cameron Green will make Test debut if he's declared fit, says coach Justin Langer
Green, who hit an unbeaten 125 against India A, took a fierce blow to the head when bowling last week after a powerful drive down the wicket by Jasprit Bumrah.
India vs Australia: Selection worry for hosts ahead of pink-ball Test as opener Joe Burns flops again in second warm-up
Burns managed just one run at the Sydney Cricket Ground before being trapped lbw by India's dangerous Mohammed Shami, leaving him with only 62 runs from nine first-class knocks this summer.
India vs Australia: Ian Chappell praises Ajinkya Rahane's captaincy style, calls hosts' top order 'biggest concern'
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has found Ajinkya Rahane to be a "fabulous captain" and expects that his "aggressive style" will suit the Indian team which would fancy its chances against a David Warner-less hosts in the first Test in Adelaide from 17 December.
India vs Australia: Cameron Green, Mitchell Swepson named in Australia A squad for pink-ball warm-up game
The 21-year-old Green, who scored an unbeaten 125 for Australia A in their first practice match against India A, will look to seal his place in the first Test playing eleven with another good outing in the pink-ball game against a full-strength Indian side.
India vs Australia, 1st practice match takeaways: Visitors' third seamer conundrum, Test specialists shine and more
The three-day tour match between India A and Australia A has slightly gone under the radar, but the practice match has provided mixed results for both sides.
The 34-year-old Warner confirmed he wouldn’t recover in time for the series-opening day-night match starting 17 December.
India vs Australia: Joe Burns says focus in practice game is on not giving visitors any momentum going into Tests
Before India and Australia begin the Test battle, the visitors are scheduled to play two three-day tour games against Australia A.
India vs Australia: David Warner's injury an opportunity for others to claim opening slot in Tests, says Justin Langer
While the focus earlier was on David Warner's opening partner in Tests, the cricketer's injury has created a scenario where both Joe Burns and William Pucovski could open.
David Warner once revelled in his reputation as Australia's attack dog during on-field confrontations but said he had toned down his antics as he matured.
The 22-year-old was was first named in the Test squad for the 2019 Sri Lanka series but stepped away from the game, citing mental health concerns.
India vs Australia: Will Pucovski faces longer wait for debut as Tim Paine backs Joe Burns to open in Test series
Many former players, including ex-captain Mark Taylor, Ian Chappell, Michael Clarke and Kim Hughes have called for Pucovski to debut at Adelaide Oval
India vs Australia: Adam Gilchrist says Will Pucovski might miss first Test despite 'strong reason' for inclusion
Gilchrist said though Burns hasn't been able to have personal tally of big scores, the team and selectors value his partnership with Warner.
India vs Australia: Mark Taylor backs Will Pucovski to open innings, praises him for taking mental health break
Very few young Australian cricketers have generated as much buzz in recent years as the 22-year-old, thanks to his prolific form in Sheffield Shield.