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Rivalry adds spice to finale

January 23, 2008

The bitter rivalry between Australia and India has added extra spice to the fourth and final Test starting at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.

The Australians have already retained the Border-Gavaskar trophy by winning the first two Tests in Melbourne and Sydney but India's surprise win in last week's third match in Perth has given both teams plenty to play for in the series finale.

Australia are seeking to restore their battered pride amid complaints about their on-field behaviour and growing speculation their golden era is drawing to a close after India ruined their chance of setting a world record of 17 successive wins.

India have the chance to draw the series and perhaps claim a moral victory after they were on the wrong end of a number of incorrect umpiring decisions in a narrow loss in Sydney.

Image: RP Singh celebrates getting the wicket of Andrew Symonds during the second Test in Sydney

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