With Australia's batting line-up struggling for runs, Taylor says a large first innings from Virat Kohli's side will put the match beyond reach.
The hosts have one eye on levelling the series in Sydney and the other on the main prize in 2019 - retaining the Ashes - and their selections for the Sydney test, beginning on Thursday, will reflect this. Only later did the management release a statement that Ishant had, in fact, sustained an injury and the team was not willing to risk him for the final Test. "Ishant is experiencing some left rib cage discomfort and the team management did not want to risk him during this Test match".
India have named two left-arm spinners - chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav and the orthodox Ravindra Jadeja in the final 13.
Ashwin's fitness puzzle isn't the only spin-related question staring at the Indian think-tank.
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Not so fair enough in another way, in that he averages 28 with the bat in the Shield this season, which isn't exactly your first criterion for your Test first drop.
Paine's compatriot reiterated that his side is desperate to level the series and kick-start the new year on a positive note but on paper, the hosts are miles away from toppling the Indian juggernaut which doesn't seem to stop anytime soon.
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"We know how good a cricketer he is, he's really skilled in all facets of the game", Paine said.
"It doesn't for me personally", he said on whether preventing an India series win was his key motivation. That means the best an unsettled Australia lineup can do is draw the four-match contest by winning in Sydney.
Indian middle-order's contribution is also one of the biggest factors which makes India favourites to win the series. Kohli has matched that record in 24 away Tests.
Fox Sports and Channel Seven will telecast the fourth Test of the series across Australia.
Australia have added batting all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne to their squad. Judging by Kohli's words in the press conference, part time spinner Hanuma Vihari in all probability will pair up alongside Jadeja in the final XI while chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav might just have to end the test series without even a single appearance.
Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
Match starts 5 am (IST).