The Indian team has already retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy after defeating Australia by 137 runs in the historical Boxing Day Test match at Melbourne last month. They will be riding high on confidence and will go into the game at Sydney with the aim of winning their first-ever series Down Under. While Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara have been the mainstays for the visitors in the batting front, Jasprit Bumrah has led the bowling attack with ease and his rise in Test cricket in the last 12 months has been nothing less than inspiring.
Australia, on the other hand, looked below par for most parts of 2018 and they would be eager to begin the new year with a series-levelling win over a formidable Indian unit. The side has performed well in patches, but they have failed to deliver the knockout punch and the absence of Steven Smith and David Warner seems to have had a drastic impact on their progress. However, with the track at Sydney likely to be slow and help the spinners, Nathan Lyon, India's nemesis at Perth could get into the game once again and cause serious damage.
Australia have named the same 13-member squad from Melbourne for the upcoming game, while India will have to find a replacement for Rohit Sharma, who has headed back home after the birth of his first child.
Wicket-keeper: Rishabh Pant (8.5 credits)
The Indian keeper has been getting starts throughout, though he has been unable to settle