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India will look for a face-saving victory in the fourth Test against AustraliaReuters

The Sydney Cricket Ground will evoke memories that nobody will want to evoke, and both India and Australia will look to move past those emotions and carry on what they have done all series – play hard, exciting, competitive Test match cricket.

Australia vs India Test series ends in Sydney with the fourth Test match, at the place where Phil Hughes tragically met his death.

It was at the SCG that Hughes swivelled for a pull and missed a bouncer, which eventually resulted in what can only be said as the greatest tragedy of modern times in cricket, and now the two teams will end their Test match battle on these hallowed grounds.

It would have been ideal had this Test series still been alive going into the SCG game, but with Australia already winning the series 2-0, it will be about playing for pride for India. Of course, there will also be the matter of Virat Kohli taking the first steps towards being India's long-term Test captain after MS Dhoni's abrupt retirement and that aggressiveness which defines Kohli is clearly going nowhere.

"It's important for the players to know that we need to be in a positive frame of mind and a line doesn't need to be crossed," Kohli said. "But we are not here to back down from any sort of confrontation or any sort of battle.

"You will still see positive cricket and the same aggressive intent."

Kohli, no doubt, will take the experience of captaining the first Test match of the series in Adelaide, when he led from the front with the bat after Dhoni was ruled out with a finger injury. That match was the closest India got to a victory, with Kohli's century nearly spurring the visitors to what would have been a monumental chase.

However, India eventually fell short, and the rest of the series has been a little similar, where the players have just failed to take that extra step which would have pushed them towards victory.

The draw in Melbourne last week would have given India some encouragement as well and a pride-saving win in Sydney will stand them in good stead going into the tri-series against Australia and England and then the World Cup, which they will defend.

That win, though, will only come if the bowlers step up away from home, something they have rarely done in the recent past. "I still maintain if you have three bowlers bowling 140-plus you have an advantage," added Kohli. "But at the end of the day how consistently you bowl in the right areas matters most. They know it and we want to give them the breathing space.

"They are very close to getting there. They showed that in the second innings of the MCG Test and they know it can be done. I was really excited to see what they did there and I hope they maintain it in the future," he said, while also mentioning that at times the criticism of the Indian bowlers is uncalled for.

"Sometimes we become too harsh on our bowlers. When our bowlers get hit it is bad bowling but when we hit other bowlers, it is good batting. I have complete faith in my bowlers and I know they can win us Test matches by taking 20 wickets."

For Australia it will be about playing the way they have done all series, with Steven Smith doing a splendid job at the helm. Even without Mitchell Johnson in the lineup, Australia will be confident in their ability to pick up those 20 wickets needed to win a Test match, and a 3-0 series win will certainly look a lot better than a 2-0.

"I said it last week that I didn't want to let India back in the series at all," said Smith, who was criticised for playing it too safe with his declaration in the third Test. "I had this week in the back of my mind as well knowing how hard it could be.

"To have the series wrapped up I think we can play a little bit more relaxed and not have that extra pressure of having to win this Test match. If the same thing comes around again I'm sure I'll be a bit more aggressive."

Win or draw, the one thing that will be constant will be the presence of Phil Hughes in the back of the minds of all the players, especially the Australians, and how they cope with it could determine the outcome of the contest.

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The 4th Test match is scheduled for a 10.30 am local time (5 am IST, 11.30 pm GMT, 6.30 pm ET) start with live coverage in India on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 3 (in Hindi) and Star Sports HD1. Audience in India can also watch the match online via free live streaming on or via the Starspors Live Pro option..

Watch the opening day of the fourth Test live in Australia on Channel 9, while the option to live stream is on Cricket Australia Live or the Cricket Australia Live App. Audience in the UK can catch the first day of the Test match on Sky Sports 2, or via live stream on Sky Go or Watch Sky Sports.

The 4th Test can be watched by viewers in the USA on Willow TV or live streamed on Willow TV Online. Viewers in the Middle East and North Africa can catch all the day one action live on OSN or via live streaming online on OSN Play.

Lineups: Australia: Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Steven Smith (capt), Shaun Marsh, Joe Burns, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

India: Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Wroddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.

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