Dharamsala, Mar 23 (PTI) 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.Also Read - IRCTC Latest News: Railways Launches Rampath Yatra Express From Ayodhya to Pune | All You Need to Know About This New Train 

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. Also Read - Anna Hazare Admitted To Ruby Hospital In Pune Following Chest Pain, Condition Stable Now

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. Also Read - Hi-Tech Cheating: Mask Fitted With Sim Card, Mic Seized From Candidate Appearing For Police Recruitment Exam | See Pics

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.

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.

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.

Warner with fetish for pull shots may find “just what the doctor has ordered.”

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.