PHOTOS: Battered and bruised India train hard for series-decider against Australia

Malini T
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The injury-ravaged Indian team underwent its first training session at the Gabba, hoping to field 11 fit players in the series-deciding fourth Test against Australia.

Ruled out of the last Test with an abdominal strain, pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah still accompanied the visiting team for its training session.

The likes of Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, skipper Ajinkya Rahane and others were seen in their training kits.

Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav was seen bowling at the nets and there is a chance that he could be picked for the match with influential all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja ruled out due to a fractured thumb.

Also part of the session were seamer Shardul Thakur and all-rounder Washington Sundar. Either T Natarajan or Shardul is likely to replace Bumrah in the playing XI at Gabba, forming a new-look pace attack alongside Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini.

Head coach Ravi Shastri, who was keeping a tab on the proceedings, addressed the team huddle.

India have been plagued by a series of injuries on their tour of Australia with Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar ruled out even before the start of the Test series. Mohammed Shami could not take any part in the series after the first Test due to a broken arm while Umesh Yadav was ruled out of the last two Tests with a strained calf muscle.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Hanuma Vihari battled pain and aches to help India snatch an incredible draw in Sydney and their participation in the final game is also not certain.

Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant batted with his usual flair to score an aggressive 97 and play a part in India's spirited show in Sydney but could not keep after taking a blow in the first innings of the Test.

Injured Pucovski replaced by Harris for Brisbane Test

David Warner is seen during an Australian Nets session at The Gabba on January 14, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
David Warner is seen during an Australian nets session at The Gabba on January 14, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Marcus Harris bats during an Australian Nets session at The Gabba on January 14, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Marcus Harris bats during an Australian nets session at The Gabba on January 14, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Cameron Green bats during an Australian Nets session at The Gabba on January 14, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Cameron Green bats during an Australian nets session at The Gabba on January 14, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Moises Henriques and Sean Abbott talk tactics during an Australian Nets session at The Gabba on January 14, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Moises Henriques and Sean Abbott talk tactics during an Australian nets session at The Gabba on January 14, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Steve Smith is seen during an Australian Nets session at The Gabba on January 14, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Steve Smith is seen during an Australian nets session at The Gabba on January 14, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Australian opening batsman Will Pucovski failed a fitness test and was ruled out of the series-deciding fourth Test, with Marcus Harris taking his place. The 22-year-old, who made his debut in the drawn third Test at Sydney, cracking an impressive 62 in the first innings, dislocated his shoulder while fielding in the match.

Harris, who made his debut against India at Adelaide two years ago, has played nine Tests but not featured since Australia retained the Ashes in England last year.

Australia (probable): David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Cameron Green, Tim Paine (capt), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

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