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The year 2018 has been great for the Indian captain, who has produced some exceptional ODI feats including the fastest to reach the 10,000 club, elevating his stature as the best batsman in the world.
The new International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings see Abbas shoot to third from 14th and he is now behind only England's James Anderson and South Africa's Kagiso Rabada.
The SG has always been used by India in five-day international and domestic games, while England use Dukes for Test cricket and Australia, South Africa, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka prefer the Kookaburra.
Australia have for the first time named two Test cricket vice-captains -- all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and fast bowler Josh Hazlewood -- as they look to move on from a major cheating scandal.
Virat Kohli has been one of the top run-getters in Tests in recent times, and plays and talks about it with passion.
The defeat in England added to the team's poor statistics on foreign soil, a tour of South Africa earlier this year being another missed opportunity.
The Indian skipper was full of praise for two centurions KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant, who raised visions of an improbable victory for the visitors on the final day.
Sharma has played a total of 86 Test for India taking 250 wickets with an economy rate of 3.25.
Jasprit Bumrah strikes twice as England struggle to reach 57 vs India at lunch on Day 1 of fourth Test
Bumrah was handed the new ball and he posed problems to the English batsmen from the very beginning.
Meanwhile, England have included Moeen Ali and Sam Curran in the starting XI.
McGrath, who played his last Test in 2007, expects Anderson to surpass his record and that it will then stand the test of time.
In most cases, you need to take 20 wickets to win a Test and therefore, the onus is on the bowlers to script fairy tales.
Virender Sehwag, Bishan Singh Bedi and VVS Laxman were among those who lamented the lack of fight shown by India in the second Test against England.
The skipper said the demons in the head have to be conquered.
England reduced India to 11 for two in 6.3 overs before heavens opened up to halt the proceedings.