India vs Australia 4th Test: Steve O'Keefe may be opted out, Jackson Bird in contention | Memsaab.com

Australia's Pune Test hero Steve O'Keefe in all likelihood will be dropped from the playing XI at expense of pacer Jackson Bird for the fourth Test match against India, starting Saturday.

The Dharamsala track has traditionally been a seamer-friendly track which may force Steve Smith to opt for a third seamer in Bird, who is known to extract good bounce off the pitch.

The Dharamsala track has traditionally been a seamer-friendly track which may force Steve Smith to opt for a third seamer in Bird, who is known to extract good bounce off the pitch.
In This Image: Jackson Bird
For O'Keefe, the man who got 12 wickets on an under-prepared Pune track, the Bangalore and Pune matches were not as good as the series-opener.
 

In Ranchi, on a track which was less conducive for spinners, O'Keefe bowled 77 overs without much success. Ranchi Test was an indicator that O'Keefe needs help from the track to trouble the batsman.

In Ranchi, on a track which was less conducive for spinners, O'Keefe bowled 77 overs without much success. Ranchi Test was an indicator that O'Keefe needs help from the track to trouble the batsman.
In This Image: Jackson Bird
Nathan Lyon didn't bowl at the nets today but with his ability to get turn and bounce from the track, he is expected to retain his place as former fast bowler Mitchell Johnson had indicated.

It's a no brainer that Australia will play an extra seamer. Bird bowled at length to David Warner during the optional net session. He looked sharp, got the ball to rear up as Warner looked in some discomfort.

It's a no brainer that Australia will play an extra seamer. Bird bowled at length to David Warner during the optional net session. He looked sharp, got the ball to rear up as Warner looked in some discomfort.
In This Image: Steve O'Keefe
Warner has not been in his element during the series as he has frittered away some of the starts that he got in first three Test matches.

However the track in Dharamsala is exactly to his liking. As HPCA curator Sunil Chauhan pointed out that those, who play shots square off the wicket, will like the wicket.

However the track in Dharamsala is exactly to his liking. As HPCA curator Sunil Chauhan pointed out that those, who play shots square off the wicket, will like the wicket.
In This Image: Steve O'Keefe
Warner with fetish for pull shots may find "just what the doctor has ordered."