The match ??? which begins on Monday night UK time, live on ??? will be an emotionally-charged occasion, particularly for those members of the Test team who were playing in the State match when Hughes was killed by a bouncer which hit him in the neck.
Cricket Australia unveiled a plaque outside the home team’s dressing room on Monday to honour Hughes’ life, with captain Steven Smith saying he would be in their thoughts.
“This week, it’s going to be great to be able to walk past that and see the little fella there and give us a bit of inspiration as we’re going out on the field,” Smith said.
“Hughesy was one of us, he was one of our good mates. We’ve just got to take care of each other this week.”
David Warner, Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc ??? who returns to the team in place of the injured Mitchell Johnson – and Shane Watson were playing in the game when Hughes was struck and Smith said it would be tough on them to return to the ground.
“Coming back to the place where it happened, I thought it was going to be extremely tough for the boys,” Smith said. “Particularly the ones that were out there on the day.
“It’s going to be a tough Test match…hopefully we can hold our emotions together well and end this series well.”
Hughes’s family are expected to travel to Sydney from their home in northern New South Wales for the Test and Smith said his team were keen to ensure that they were also honoured.
“Hopefully we can do the Hughes family proud by playing well this week,” he said. “We’ve just got to make sure we’re very respectful to the Hughes family that are going to be down here for this Test match.
“That’s very important to us and it’s very important to them.”
Australia have already won the four-match series after victories in the first two games, which were rescheduled after Hughes’s death.
The return of left-arm quick Starc in place of Johnson ??? who has a hamstring problem – is the only change to the Australia team.
Thrust back into the India captaincy after Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s shock decision to retire from Tests last week, Virat Kohli hopes to put right some of the mistakes he made in his first match in charge.
The right-handed batsman had deputised in the injured Dhoni’s absence in the first Test in Adelaide, which India lost by 48 runs ??? though Kohli did score two centuries.
“There were quite a few things that I sat down and analysed in Adelaide that can be improved on and I’ve thought about them in the past few days,” Kohli said.
“What are the things that I can correct from Adelaide, the mistakes I made in that game? Hopefully I’ll get those right and try to make the right decisions in every situation out there in the middle.”