Sachin Tendulkar
India's Sachin Tendulkar will be looking to score a hundred against Australia in the fourth and final Test against Australia in DelhiReuters

India will go into the fourth and final Test in Delhi looking for the proverbial icing on the cake against an Australian side shorn of confidence and quality.

The hosts dominated the Aussies in the first three Tests to clinch the series 3-0, and MS Dhoni and co will now be gunning for an historic clean sweep at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Dhoni might have said there was no revenge on the cards after India's six-wicket victory in Mohali sealed the border-Gavaskar Trophy in their favour, but the chance to turn the tables on the very team that battered them in Australia not too long ago would certainly be something that the Indian camp would be looking forward to.

Indian fans will miss out on the pyrotechnics of Shikhar Dhawan, though, after the opener, who made a brilliant debut with a swashbuckling century for the ages in the last match, was ruled out with a hand injury.

Dhawan will miss six weeks of cricket after fracturing his hand while attempting to stop a boundary in the fourth Test. Suresh Raina has been added to the squad, but Ajinkya Rahane will most likely be given the nod to make his Test debut.

The Indian selectors also have the option of opening with Cheteshwar Pujara, with Raina playing in the middle order, although Rahane being given a chance in a Test match of little consequence is the safer bet.

A whitewash is looking as likely as ever, particularly with Australia's skipper, and best batsman by a country mile, Michael Clarke a major doubt because of a back problem.

Clarke struggled through the Mohali Test because of the back issue, and after missing training on Wednesday, the skipper's chances of making the XI by Friday looks slim at best.

"My fingers are crossed I will be doing everything I can to give myself the best chance," Clarke said. "I guess I am always pretty positive, touch wood I haven't missed a Test match due to injury so far in my career and I wouldn't like this to be my first one.

"If I can't perform at my best, if I feel I am going to let the team down, I won't be taking the field."

Were Clarke to miss the final Test, it would put Australia in quite a conundrum, not just because they will be without their best batsman, but the man who will take charge in his stead will be Shane Watson, one of the four dropped for the third Test for failing to complete a team assignment.

Watson copped much criticism from the Australian management after the "homework" fiasco, and with his batting form leaving a lot to be desired as well, it will be interesting to see how he copes with the added responsibility.

At the end of the day, neither team have anything to lose. India have already wrapped up the series and Australia have only pride to play for.

However, do not expect either team to let their guard down. India will go for the kill, while Australia will battle hard to avoid an embarrassing whitewash.