And if India opt for two spinners, it could open the door for a return of Peter Handscomb, who was left out of the Melbourne Test but is renowned as a top player of spin.
Additionally, India have included left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav as cover, in case the skipper decides to go in with two spinners.
Answers to these and more as Cricket Analyst, Mr Ashutosh Paibhale discusses the Sydney Test in detail.
Nonetheless, in 2004-05, Australia were a class apart as they conquered one of the toughest challenges in world cricket - beat India in India and ended a 34-year-long drought for a series win in the Asian nation.
The counter to that argument would be the preference to go "horses-for-courses" under the Kohli-Ravi Shastri regime; Kohli did go 38 Tests without naming an unchanged XI before the Southampton Test during the tour to England.
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"The physio and trainer have spoken to him about what he has to do".
"He's very important for sure". On Tuesday, as the Indian and Australian teams reached the official residence of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in Sydney on the occasion of the New Year's Day, Kohli was introduced as a "cricket crush".
"He is very disappointed with the fact that he has not been able to recover in time, but the things have been laid out to him (over) what needs to be done to get back to full fitness. Honestly, you can't predict an injury, when it happens you just manage and doing what he can to get over that injury".
India squad: Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav. "We know we're not going to win Test matches without scoring hundreds", he said. "It is obviously a disappointment for us as a team and for him personally, but if you see the way Vihari has bowled he has looked like picking up a wicket whenever he comes to bowl".
The Sydney pitch is often termed as one of flattest pitches in the country.
Middle-order batsman Rohit Sharma, who struck a dogged 63 in the first innings at Melbourne, is not available after flying back to Mumbai to be with his wife who recently gave birth. This meant that old friends Mayank Agarwal and Rahul would be back in harness together once more, this time at the global level.More news: Timetable of Trump's pullout from Syria being questioned
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