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IND vs AUS: Dont need to do housekeeping for motivation, says Rathour

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The platform laid by Rishabh Pant gave India an outside chance of a win but with his dismissal and with crippling injuries to both Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin, India chose to play it safe and they battled it out for a draw in what was considered as the best rearguard action by the Indian cricket team in a long time. "It will be tomorrow morning that you will know which eleven takes the field", Rathour said in the pre-match press conference on the eve of the final Test. If he plays, the off-spinner could be expected to play as spin-bowling all-rounder more in the mould of Ravindra Jadeja.

They also have doubts over the fitness of number six batsman Hanuma Vihari, who tore his hamstring during his 161-ball vigil for 23 runs that helped earn the unlikely draw on Monday.

Smith has faced accusations he had been trying to cheat by scuffing up batsman Rishabh Pant's guard at the crease during the tense drawn third Test at Sydney, which left the series locked at 1-1.

If any or more of these players miss out on this Test, India have in the reserves Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, Wriddhiman Saha, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur and T Natarajan. "It is hard but I haven't heard anything directly from Indian players", the home team captain said. "One innings can not let the doubts creep in, the team has shown a lot of character and the reason for that is the hard work they have been putting in for a long time", Rathour said. They have been mentally tough and are gearing for this Test with same courage that they showed at the SCG.

There is a forecast of some rain on days two, four and five, but according to Rathour, that will not have any impact on the composition of the side.

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"SMITH FEEDS OFF CRITICISM": Meanwhile, Australian skipper Tim Paine warned on Thursday that Steve Smith "feeds off" criticism and was sacked up for the high-stakes fourth Test against India, which Australia will start without injured opener Pucovski.

"You don't play cricket looking at the weather", Rathour said.

Added to injuries, India have been stretched further by increased Covid-19 restrictions in their hotel in Brisbane, but Rathour said that shouldn't come in the way of their performance. Some say it's a fortress for Australian cricket.

However, the team seems to be focussing only on the game ahead and don't want the issue to distract them ahead of a key game.

Paine told reporters on Thursday: "Harry is just a no-fuss, very good player, he just goes about his business". You don't need housekeeping, room services to motivate yourself. "All the boys are looking forward to this game".