Fantasy AnalysisIn the absence of their captain and key batsman Virat Kohli, India have instead of opted to play an extra bowler and a spinner at that in Yadav. This pushes replacement captain Ajinka Rahane up to number four.
Fantasy AnalysisWith usual captain Virat Kohli out injured with an injury to his shoulder, Rahane is expected to be the one to step up to the role as captain in this important test match in the level series against Australia. The test will be the 37th for Rahane.
Fantasy AnalysisThe veteran South African added another fifty to his tally in a rain affected first day in the third and final test match of the series with South Africa currently 1-0 up. Amla was in early on with debut Theunis de Bruyne departing for a duck in the third over. With other opener Dean Elgar being clean bowled the next over, the experience of Amla came through to steady his side and bring his half century up from 93 balls, before he too was bowled by Colin de Grandhomme.
Fantasy AnalysisHenry made his return to the test side due to the injuries of senior seamers Trent Boult and Tim Southee. The chance paid dividends for him as he picked up the debutant Theunis de Bruyn and JP Duminy for scores of three and 20. The rain however entered the equation after lunch and restricted New Zealand from making any further in-roads into the South African order with the score at 123 for four at stumps.
Fantasy AnalysisComing in for opener Stephen Cook who has be unable to find any runs in the previous two tests, de Bruyn was dismissed on his third ball by the returning Matt Henry. De Bruyn, who usually bats in the middle order in first class cricket was thrust into the openers position and was unable to handle the new ball in swinging conditions.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Mumbai batsman will travel to Dharamsala on Friday as cover for the injured captain, who has been battling a shoulder injury he picked up while fielding on day one of the third Test in Ranchi. Iyer has shown form in recent lower competitions, hitting a century for India A against Bangladesh and a double century against Australia in a tour game. If the 22-year-old steps in for Kohli it will be his Test debut, after 38 first-class appearances and 41 in T20.
Players Who May Be Returning Soon