Melbourne: India is expected to wait until just before Monday's toss to name its team for the first Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, giving injury-prone pace bowlers Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma a chance to prove their fitness.
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Khan and Sharma "are shaping up well, hopefully they would all be available for selection" for the first match of the four-Test series. The visitors have not won a Test series in 64 years of touring Australia.
Batsman Sachin Tendulkar will renew his quest for his 100th international century in the first Test, having been stuck on 99 since March. Dhoni said Tendulkar's main emotion when he finally reaches the milestone will be relief.