Virat Kohli Will Play Dharamsala Test 'Only if 100 Percent Fit'

And Australia's plans for this tour of India - a campaign of which Smith is immensely proud regardless of what happens in the final Test in Dharamsala - have been coming together since they were humiliated with a 0-3 defeat in Sri Lanka previous year.

"He's probably a bit more chilled out, out on the field?" India and Australia have won a match each while drawing the third one.

“No, I think theyll be fine. If Kohli is ruled out, Ajinkya Rahane will most likely stand in as captain.

Depending on the nature of the wicket, that extra bowler can be a pacer or a spinner, but if India want to really go for the jugular, they might be better off sticking the extra bowler in and asking their five pure batsmen to take the responsibility of scoring the majority of the runs. "It is more like the Ashes 2005 we played where every Test was life and death and the players gave it all on the field". Probably, not quite as emotional.

He will undergo a fitness test on the morning of the game and the decision on his participation will be taken based on that. "If I am 100% fit for the game, it is the only condition when I will take the field".

The series has been marred with controversies over officiating and sledging, so much so that the Australian media recently compared Virat Kohli to U.S. President Donald Trump, calling the Indian captain "cricket's ultimate bully' in the aftermath of the dramatic end to the second Test match in Bangalore".

The visiting captain praised Shreyas Iyer, Kohli's possible replacement.

"I knew his (Kapil's) value to the team".

"So he played really well there". But knowing test cricketers, (coach) Darren Lehmann and Steve Smith the way I do, none of those players are going to be satisfied.

"A little bit of both I guess", Hazlewood said.

"It's another game of cricket, one-all in the series and a lot to play for in this game".

Smith, the leading run-scorer of the series, is relaxed about the prospect of achieving something that was beyond Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh and so many other of his predecessors. I'm not anxious about the result as such.

"If not, I'm sure the guys will take it as an opportunity to still take the team ahead", he said.

Reflecting on the team's performance in the series, Smith noted, "We've worked very hard, guys have been pretty clear in the way they've wanted to play and the game plans they've been able to formulate".

Iyer was fearless against the No.2-ranked Test team in the world, which was without Test new-ball pairing Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, hitting seven sixes in his whirlwind 210-ball 202no.

"They were scared of us beating them in India", said injured quick Mitchell Starc on Fox Sports. "It has always been very good for the batsmen to get in and get value for their shots".

  • Julie Sanders